Silver Indo Scythian Tetradrachm (35 BC-5 AD) Ch-XF NGC
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This Silver Tetradrachm was struck during the reign of Azes II. Azes II was king of Bactria, present day Afghanistan, from 35 BC to 5 AD.
He was a political descendant of Alexander the Great , who brought Greek culture to the East. The obverse legend of the coin is in Greek and the reverse in Indian script, making his coinage among the earliest bilingual coinage.
- AR Tetradrachm of Azes I/III. after 58 BC.
- Authenticated and graded Choice Extra Fine by NGC. Label designs may vary.
- Obverse: King on horse, Greek legend.
- Reverse: Zeus with 3-prong scepter surrounded by Indian legend.
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Much of Azes's coinage was issued before the birth of Christ, but some had to be struck on the day of Christ's birth, and all were in circulation when Christ lived. The Magi , Caspar (or Gaspar), Melchior and Balthazar were thought to be court astrologers from the east. Many scholars believe Caspar to have been a representative sent by "The Great King" Azes II of ancient Bactria to the Holy Land to pay homage to the newborn Jesus.
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