Indo-Greek Ruler Hippocrates Silver Coins

10 Dec 2020  Thu

Hippocrates was an Indo-Greek ruler; he ruled the part of central and north-western Punjab and Pushkalavati. The reign of Hippocrates is considered as 65 BC to 55 BC. He sat on the throne of Indo-Greek after Apollodotus II. Like Apollodutus, king Hippostratos also called himself as “Soter’’or “Saviour”. Coins issued by Hippocrates bear the title Basileos Megas, "Great King". During the time of his reign, Hippocrates fought successfully against Indo-Scythian invaders, led by the Scythian king Azes I, but was ultimately defeated and became the last western Indo-Greek king.

This silver Tetradrachm that weighs around 8.71g was issued by King Hippocrates during his rule. The obverse of this coin depicts the bust of the king facing towards the right. The reverse of this coin depicts the ruler on horseback to right, monogram to lower right with Kharosthi legend around.

Image Courtesy: Todywalla Auction

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