Menander Drachm

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  1. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES! Supporter

    Well, I was going to focus on Greek coins this year...but this has a Greek legend on one side, so that still counts in my book.


    Nice lookin' little drachm, struck in relatively high relief. Man, look at that shield! That gorgon head is killer! Also kind of cool that the legend below the bust is "right side up" so you don't have to rotate the coin to read anything.


    Menander I, AR drachm, 160-130 BC

    O: Busst of king right, Greek legend around: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ // MENANΔPOY ("Savior King Menander") R: Athena Alkidemos standing left, holding aegis on outstretched left arm, hurling thunderbolt with right hand, monogram at right, Kharoshthi legend. 18 mm, 2.3 g

    Mendander was an interesting guy, successful ruler and military leader, and a convert to Hinduism Buddhism.

    Feel free to share your Indo-Greeks!
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2018
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  3. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    COOL @chrsmat71 ! Really cool! Gorgon, centering, quality... nice! Looks like Athena is LIFTING UP A TURTLE!!! He is even ruminating as he chews on a piece of grass...

    I snared this one off @Ancientnoob some time ago...

    Asia, Bactria
    Indo-Greek Kingdom
    House of Euthydemus
    Menander I Soter (Milinda Panha) BCE 155-130
    AR Tetradrachm 26.5 mm x 9.63 grams.
    Obverse: Diademed bust of Menander right. Greek Legend -BASILEWS SWTHROS MENANDPOY
    Reverse: Athena Alkidemos (as protector of the city) Advancing left with thunderbolt and Gorgon faced shield. Monograms Left and Right Fields; Kharosthi Legend-MAHARAJA TRATASA MENADRASA
    Ref: SNG ANS 764-767. Bopearachchi 12A
    Note: Large denomination. Scarce. Ancient King of Religious and Historical significance.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2018
  4. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Very nice.

    Apollodotus II (80 - 65 B.C.)
    AR Drachm
    Bactrian Kingdom
    O: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTPOΣ KAI ΦIΛOΠATPOΣ AΠOΛΛOΔOTOY; diademed and draped bust right.
    R:Rev: "Maharajasa tratarasa Apaladatasa" in Karosthi; Athena Alkidemos advancing left, holding thunderbolt and aegis; monogram to right.
    Bopearachchi Série 2D; SNG ANS 1544ff.

    Indi-Greek Kingdom
    AR Drachm
    O: BASILEUS SUTHPOS EPMAIOY; Draped and diademed bust of Hermaios right.
    R: 'Maharaja Tratarasa Hermayasa' in Kharosthi script; Zeus enthroned left and holding sceptre, Monogram in left field.
    Bopearachchi Series 15C, 91; Senior issue 36
  5. Parthicus

    Parthicus Well-Known Member

    Here's my Philoxenos that I posted a few months ago:
  6. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    I haven't any Indo Greeks to share, but when I see terrific coins like yours and Alegandron's it sparks my interest.
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  7. TheRed

    TheRed Supporter! Supporter

    Great coin @chrsmat71 I really like it. I picked up my first Indo-Greek at the end of 2017, also a coin of Menander.
    Menander I Soter AR Drachm 155-130 BC. 18mm, 2.46 g
    Obv: Diademed heroic bust left, seen from behind, wearing aegis and brandishing spear.
    Rev: Athena Alkedimos advancing left, holding shield and thunderbolt; monogram to right.
    Bopearachchi 7A
  8. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES! Supporter

    I really want one with that obverse style.....very nice!
  9. FitzNigel

    FitzNigel Medievalist Supporter

    Very nice! But I believe you mean a convert to Buddhism, correct?

    Anc-05-BA-iee-Menander I-DR-67.jpg
    Kingdom of Bactria
    Menander I r. c. 165/55-130 B.C.
    AR Drachm, 15.71mm x 2.5 grams
    Obv.: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ / ΜΕΝΑΝΔΡΟΥ. Diademed bust of the sovereign right, coat fastened on the right shoulder
    Rev.: (Maharajasa tratarasa / Menamdrasa). Athena Alkidemos standing left. Monogram 'H' in right field
    Ref.: Bopearachchi, Ménandre (I) Sôter, 67
  10. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES! Supporter

    Now that's a NICE one! Yes, Buddhism! Doh!
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  12. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Came in a lot, took me some time to figure out what it was.

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