Silver Drachm of Indo-Greek Ruler Antialcidas

08 Oct 2020  Thu

The full name of Antialcidas is Antialcidas Nikephoros, he was an Indo-Greek ruler of the Indo-Greek Kingdom. He ruled this kingdom between 115 BC and 95 BC in the western part of Indo-Greek realms. He ruled this kingdom from his capital Taxila.

Antialcidas was one of the kings who had the evidence other than the coins. Indian ancient city Sanchi, situated in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh there is a stone pillar known as the Heliodorus pillar. The inscription on this Heliodorus Pillar had mentioned that the Greek king had sent his that ambassador Heliodorus to the king of Bhagabhadra.

This silver drachm that weighs around 2.28g was issued during his rule in Indo-Greek. The obverse of this coin is inscribed as ‘Bust of the ruler facing right, wearing Kausia an ancient Macedonian flat hat, with Greek legend around. The reverse of this coin is inscribed as ‘Greek god Zeus enthroned facing towards left, holding a sceptre in the left hand and on the outstretched right hand a small figure of Nike who holds a wreath in her hand, the forepart of an elephant to left at the foot of the throne, monogram in right field with Kharoshthi legend ’Maharajasa Jayadharasa Amtialikidasa’ around.

Image Courtesy: Todywalla Auction

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