Azes, 58 - 12 BC
AE Hexachalkon. 10.87g, 29 x 27.5mm
MINTED: Pushkalavati mint (?), circa 58-12 BC
REF: cf. Senior 84.1
OBVERSE: BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN MEΓAΛOY AZOV, King on horseback right holding ankus and spear.
REVERSE: "Maharajasa rajarajasa mahatasa Ayasa", legend in Karoshthi around zebu bull standing right, monograms above.
Almost Very Fine. Dark greenish patina.
The Indo-Skythians were a people from Central Asia of Saka and Skythian origin who settled in western and northern South Asia from the 2nd century BC. In that region, they co-existed and competed for dominance with the Indo-Greeks and Indians until their ultimate defeat by Chandragupta II in AD 395. The Indo-Skythians during the rule of Azes in Gandhara appear to have followed, or at least accomodated, both Buddhism as well as the worship of Greek gods. Their coinage often featured Greek deities such as Athena and Zeus, and Azes has been associated with the Bimaran casket, a gold reliquary discovered in eastern Afghanistan that has one of the earliest depictions of Buddha.
INDO-SKYTHIANS . Azes, 58-12 BC . AE Hexachalkon . Scarce square bronze unit
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