Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Northwest India with bust of Menandros I

Greek
Hellenistic Period
about 155–130 B.C.


Mint: Northwest India (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 313.

Dimensions

Diameter: 26.5 mm. Weight: 9.70 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

58.512

Medium or Technique

silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Draped, cuirassed bust of Menander to right, wearing diadem and elaborate, crested Bactrian helmet.
Inscription around.
Reverse: Athena standing to left, aegis on left arm, thunderbolt in right hand.
In field at left: Greek sigma; at right: monogram. Ground line.
Same inscription in Kharosthi around.

Provenance

By date unknown: H. L. Haughton Collection; by 1958: with Sotheby & Co., 34 & 35 New Bond Street, London, W. 1 (auction of the Haughton Collection, April 30 and May 1, 1958, lot 402); purchased on behalf of MFA at the Haughton auction by A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London, W.C. 2; purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., June 5, 1958, for £ 558/10/0 (this is the total price for 58.504-58.514)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour