Bactrian Silver Tetradrachm of King Eukratides I - LC.078 - For Sale

Bactrian Silver Tetradrachm of King Eukratides I - LC.078
Price: $3435.00
Obverse: Heroic Bust of the King Wearing a Military Helmet Reverse: The Dioskouroi on Rearing Horses The significance of Eukratides I’s rule is in part suggested by the great amount of coinage bearing his image, implying that his reign was both long and economically prosperous. It is believed that he came to power around 171 B.C. after overthrowing the Euthydemid Dynasty that had previously controlled Bactria. Having secured the throne, Eukratides launched an invasion of northwest India, a territory under the authority of the so-called Indo-Greek Kingdoms. After advancing as far as the Indus River, Eukratides’ army was eventually repelled. Meanwhile, as his forces were tied up in the east, Bactria was assaulted from the west by the Parthians under King Mithradates I. This campaign ended with the Parthians seizing two neighboring provinces. History records that Eukratides was murdered around 145 B.C. by his own son while en route back from India. Following his death, civil war broke out among various rival factions of the dynasty competing for power. This instability in turn led to numerous ethnic uprisings throughout the kingdom, eventually leading to the collapse of the Bactrian Kingdom and effectively making Eukratides the last great Greco-Bactrian king. Origin: Afghanistan Circa: 171 BC to 145 BC Collection: Greek Coins Style: Bactrian Medium: Silver

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