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The Indo-Scythian kingdom existed from about 150 BC to 400 AD in what is now Northern India, most of present-day Pakistan, parts of southern Afghanistan, and small parts of the easternmost region of present-day Iran. The Indo-Scythians people were heavily influenced by the Greeks who had previously expanded into the area.

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Indo-Scythian coinage

The Indo-Scythians struck coinage in copper, bronze and silver in the same manner as Greek Coinage. The coinage portrayed rulers and Greek deities like Zeus and Poseidon. Later Indian deities were also included on their coinage. The Greek language was used on the legends of the obverse of the coinage, while the reverse featured the Kharoshthi language. Buddhist symbolism such as the raised right hand in a meditative pose, and the Buddhist lion, is present throughout Indo-Scythian coinage. The Indo-Scythian Mint coinage depicted animals that were both familiar and important in the culture. They struck coins that adhered to the Greek weight standard.

Indo-Scythian coinage has a high artistic standard and was struck in high relief as ancient Roman and Greek coins were. Near the end of the Indo-Scythinan kingdom, the quality of the numismatic imagery and craftsmanship deteriorated. It is in this late-stage period that the coinage was also debased.

The coinage of the Indo-Scythians has provided enormous benefit to present-day scholars due to the fact that few other historical clues or records exist. The surviving numismatic material has outlined, suggested and confirmed the sequence of historical events and rulers.