Ancient Bactrian Glass Coin of King Eukratides I
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Ancient (circa 171 BC to 145 BC) Bactrian Greek Hellenistic Glass Intaglio coin weight of King Eukratides I of the Bactria Kingdom. Eukratides I is depicted as a formidable warrior, wearing a Hellenistic bronze helmet. His features are individualized, his expression stern. Eukratides I adopted the title 'Great King and King of "the thousand cities of Bactria", and set out to enlarge his kingdom in all directions.
CONDITION: In very good condition, no cracks, chips, or repairs, a nice old patina.
MEASUREMENTS: Diameter: 3.7 cm (1 ½ in).
REFERENCES: Eucratides I (reigned c. 171145 BCE) was one of the most important Greco-Bactrian kings. He uprooted the Euthydemid dynasty of Greco-Bactrian kings and replaced it with his own lineage. He fought against the Indo-Greek kings, the easternmost Hellenistic rulers in northwestern India, temporarily holding territory as far as the Indus, until he was finally defeated and pushed back to Bactria. Eucratides had a vast and prestigious coinage, suggesting a rule of considerable importance.
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- 171 BC to 145 BC
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