Bactrian Silver Tetradrachm of King Euthydemos I - C.3044 - For Sale

Bactrian Silver Tetradrachm of King Euthydemos I - C.3044
Price: $1250.00
Obverse: Head of Euthydemos Crowned with a Diadem Reverse: Nude Herakles Resting on a Rock Holding a Club Few details are known about the life of Euthydemos I. He was possibly the Satrap of Sogdiana, a historical region in Central Asia just north of modern Afghanistan. Just as Diodotus I, while serving as Satrap of Bactria, had earlier rebelled against his Seleucid overlords and declared independence for his kingdom, Euthydemos I in turn overthrew the dynasty of Diodotus and became king of Bactria around 230 B.C. It is not until 208 B.C., when Seleucid King Antiochus III invades Bactria, that Euthydemos again enters the historical record. Despite losses in their early battles, the Bactrians were successfully able to hold off the Seleucids during a three year siege of the fortified city of Bactra. The war ended with official recognition of Euthydemos as the ruler of an independent Bactria and a royal marriage between his son Demetrius and one of Antiochus’ daughters around 206 B.C. It is believed Euthydemos eventually died around 200 B.C. and it is likely that his last days saw the beginning of the Bactrian invasion of India, a conquest that would be completed by his son Demetrius who succeeded him.Origin: Afghanistan Circa: 230 BC to 200 BC Collection: Numismatics Style: Bactrian

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