Indo-Greek Silver Tetradrachm of King Apollodotos II - C.4148 - For Sale

Indo-Greek Silver Tetradrachm of King Apollodotos II - C.4148
Price: $1250.00
Obverse: Bust of the King Crowned with a Diadem Facing Right Reverse: Pallas Athena Standing to the Left By the time Apollodotos II began his reign around 80 B.C., the Indo-Greek kingdoms were a shadow of their former glorious selves. Apollodotos was able to reverse this trend to some extent, reconquering the former capital of Taxila in western Punjab from Scythian rule and expanding eastward, taking back territory that had been lost to various native Indian kingdoms. Based on numismatic evidence, it is surmised that Apollodotos was a member of the dynasty founded by the great King Menander I. Historians speculate that Apollodotos II’s reign may have actually started in Taxila after the death of King Maues. Apollodotos may have been related to the Indo-Scythian king (as later Indo-Greek kings are believed to be of both mixed Indian and Scythian origin) and inherited the throne, or he may have defeated Maues himself or his descendants and reclaimed the city. It is also possible that Apollodotos II was allied with the Scythians. His reign is thought to have ended around 65 B.C., and the Indo-Greek kingdoms became fractured and began to decline once again. Origin: Northwestern India Circa: 80 BC to 65 BC Collection: Numismatics Style: Indo-Greek Kingdoms Medium: Silver

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