Kingdom of Bactria, Archebios

1,750.00

1 in stock

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Description

Kapisa, circa 80-60 B.C. AR tetradrachm, 9.74 gr., 26.25 mm.

Obv: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΔIKAIOY NIKHΦOPOY APXEBΙOY; diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Archebios to the right, wearing crested helmet covered with pelt of scales and adorned with head of Gorgon and wing.

Rev: Karoshti legend: maharajasa dhramikasa jayadharasa akhebiyasa; Zeus, nude to the waist, standing facing, brandishing thunderbolt in raised right hand and cradling sceptre in left arm; to the left below: monogram.

Ref: Bopearachchi series 4, 17; Mitchiner 208, Type 358a.
Very rare with the helmet adorned with the Gorgon head and wing. Extremely fine.