A INDO-SCYTHIAN SILVER TETRADRACHM OF AZES II
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c. 35-12 BCE
Obverse: King on horseback, facing right, holding whip. Monogram (no longer visible) in right field. BASILEWS BASILEWN MEGALOY AZOY (The Great King of King Azes).
Reverse: Zeus or Poseidon facing right, his right hand outstretched, scepter in his left. Monogram in left field, Kharosthi letter in right field. Kharosthi inscription Maharajasa rajarajasa mahatasa Ayasa. (The Great King of Kings Azes)
In fine condition.
Diameter: 23.5 mm; Weight: 8.6g
Olive wood box, Certificate of Authenticity and Display Stand Included in Price.
Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Senior ISCH, 99.61T
Azes II is believed to have been the last Scythian king at Gandhara in what is now western Pakistan. The multiculturalism of the Indo-Scythian kingdom is evident on their coinage which contains local scripts and motifs combined with Greek script and iconography.
The existence of Azes II and thus the validity of his coinage has been disputed in recent years, most notably by R.C. Senior. He maintains that these coins belong to Azes I, as no such figure as Azes II ever actually existed. This theory, however, is not held by all and for numismatic purposes Azes II is still considered the issuer of these coins.
This figure on the reverse of this coin is identified by Mitchiner as Poseidon, most likely due to his trident like scepter. He is identified by Senior as Zeus.