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Lot 77

Estimate: 75 CHF   |   Starting price: 60 CHF Price realized: 120 CHF
Apollodotos I AR Drachm, c. 174-165 BC

Kings of Bactria. Apollodotos I. (c. 174-165 BC). AR Drachm (16 mm, 2.39 g).
Obv. BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΠOΛΛOΔOTOΥ ΣΩΘHΡOΣ, elephant walking right, monogram below.
Rev. Zebu bull right, legend in Karoshti around.
Mitchiner, Indogreek, 207; SNG ANS 317.

Good very fine.

Apollodotos I. is one of the few Bactrian kings to be named by classic authors from the Graeco-Roman west. The Augustean historian Pompeius Trogus, who wrote a history of Alexander and his successors, apparently also described Apollodotos' life, but only a short summary of it (by Junianus Justinus) has survived. The king is also named in the Periplus Marae Erythraei, a 1st Century AD periplus describing the trading routes from Egypt to India.

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