Indo-Scythian Collection

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Deacon Ray, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Biblical Kingdoms Supporter

    Greetings CTAF friends...
    ...I'm taking a break from Judaean coins for a while and concentrating on one of my other favorites—Indo-Scythians. My most recent acquisitions are the three in the bottom row.

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  3. Orfew

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    Great coins @Deacon Ray I especially like the Azes and Azes II tets.
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  4. Bob L.

    Bob L. Well-Known Member

    Well done!
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  5. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES! Supporter

    Great lookin' group @Deacon Ray! I love that Maues Helios drachm, that is killer!

    Here's an rough Indo-Scythian AE square I reshot a while back. I think this is Azes, I may see the "Y" in AZOY in the Greek legend...but I"m not sure. Honestly, I don't even know where to look in the Karoshthi legend. Could be Azilises?


    Indo-Scythian AE, 1st Century BC

    O: King on horseback, Greek legend. R: Hercules on rocks with club. Karoshthi legend. 20 mm, 6.9 g.
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  6. THCoins

    THCoins Well-Known Member

    Very nice collection, and very attractively presented !

    I do have some doubts though on your use of the "Ohm" symbol in your avatar as a logo for this category. The Indo-Scythians flourished between roughly the second century BC to the third century AD. The Ohm symbol you use is a ligature in Devanagari script which came into use somewhere in the 11th century AD. "Ohm" as a sacred mantra was known before that in both Hinduism and Bhuddism. But for the Indo-Scythians, the symbol you use whould have no meaning at all.
    As a possible alternative you might look at the "triratna". This is a bhuddist symbol which was actually used on coinage of the era.

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  7. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Biblical Kingdoms Supporter

    Thank's for the excellent advice, Anthony! I'm here to learn and still a beginner.

    Also—I noticed you're from Amsterdam. I love the Netherlands I studied there when I was in art college many years ago :artist:. All of my favorite artists were from there—Bosch, Bruegel, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, the Vermeers, Escher....and on and on and on and on
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  8. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    a change is good for the soul D Ray :)..i have a few Indo-Greek coins. heres, i believe, a small silver coin of Hermaios, (is this the one you have listed as an Ae Azes ll?) the last Indo Greek ruler 40-1 BC. i remember there was some debate if these coins were actually minted by him or another entity either during his reign or afterwards. Indo Greek bust coin 001.JPG Obverse:bust of Hermaios right. Reverse:Zeus seated on throne(included but not enlarged)

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  9. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Biblical Kingdoms Supporter

    Yes. @ominus1 ! I need to re-label my coin. The dealer description says it's a: Hermaios of Bactria Imitation from 20 BC. Many thanks.
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  10. THCoins

    THCoins Well-Known Member

    Great you already managed to implement a triratna as alternative logo !
    Will see if i can find a coin at home that clearly shows one.

    The concentration of art here in the Netherlands is something we usually take for granted, but is special. And indeed, Amsterdam is a good place to live, and that not only because of art !
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  11. TheRed

    TheRed Well-Known Member

    Great coins and another impressive presentation @Deacon Ray The Azes tetradrachm is my favorite of the group, followed by the Azes II Hexachalkon.
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