Among the finest known tetradrachms of Euthydemos II
BAKTRIA, Greco-Baktrian Kingdom. Euthydemos II, circa 185-180 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 36 mm, 16.91 g, 12 h), Baktra. Diademed and draped bust of Euthydemos II to right. Rev. BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ - EYΘYΔHMOY Youthful Herakles, wearing wreath, standing facing, holding wreath in his right hand and club and lion skin in his left; in inner left field, monogram. Bopearachchi 1C. HGC 12, 72. MIG 113d. SNG ANS 216. A wonderful example, boldly struck in high relief and perfectly centered on a very broad flan. Some faint deposits, otherwise, extremely fine.

Ex Leu 10, 24 October 2021, 2263.

Euthydemos II is only known from his impressive coinage. He was likely the son of Euthydemos I, a native of Magnesia on the Maeander in Ionia and ruler of Baktria in circa 225-200 BC, and the brother of Demetrios I (circa 200-185 BC). The Euthydemids closely aligned themselves with Herakles, who appears consistently on their silver coinage: in the case of Euthydemos I, as a seated figure placing his club on his knee, and on his son's issues, in the guise of a standing victorious athlete holding a wreath and wearing another. This is one of the finest surviving examples of the latter, very well struck and perfectly centered on an exceptionally broad and medallic flan.
Price: 22,500 CHF


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