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Why purchase this Silver Tetradrachm struck after 58 BC for Indo-Scythian King Azes I/II?
The Indo-Scythian Kingdom existed from the middle of the 2nd century BC until the 4th century AD in a region of central, northern and western South Asia. This Tetradrachm is an example of silver coinage minted for King Azes I/II, who reigned from 57-12 BC. The coin type was reportedly among those carried by the three wise men who were guided to the baby Jesus by the Star of Bethlehem, and is thus characterized as "money of the Bible." Indo-Scythian coinage features inscriptions in both Greek and Kharosthi, representing some of the earliest bi-lingual coins in world history.
Imagery Celebrating the Wisdom of the Greek Goddess Athena
The reverse features the standing figure of Athena, the Greek goddess of war and wisdom, encircled by an inscription in Kharosthi (an ancient Indian script). The king is depicted mounted upon a horse on the obverse, surrounded by a Greek inscription. Each inscription translates as "The Great King of Kings Azes."
Silver Tetradrachm Authenticated and Graded by NGC Ancients
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's specialized ancient coin division, NGC Ancients, graded this Indo-Scythian kingdom Silver Tetradrachm of Azes I/II, struck after 58 BC, to be Fine (F). The circulated coin will possess sharp lettering with some design detail remaining in deeply recessed areas. The ancient coin is presented in a NGC protective holder accompanied by a specially designed label featuring a portrait of Christ.
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|Year of Issue:||After c. 58 BC|
|Label/Signature:||Christ Portrait Label|
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