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Sale: Nomos 2, Lot: 145. Estimate CHF1000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 17 May 2010. 
Sold For CHF1100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

India, Indo-Greek Kingdom. Antialkidas. Circa 115-95 BC. Drachm (Silver, 2.44 g 12). ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡΟΥ ΑΝΤΙΑΛΚΙΔΟΥ Diademed and draped bust of Antialkidas to right, wearing kausia. Rev. Maharajasa jayadharasa Amtialikidasa Zeus seated on throne to left, half facing, holding Nike in his right hand and scepter in his left; to left, forepart of elephant to right. Bop. 13 B, 42. SNG ANS 1094. Beautifully toned and well struck. Good extremely fine.

One of the many remarkable facets of the Indo-Greek coinage is its bilingual nature: the inscription on the obverse is in Greek while that of the reverse is in the local Kharosti script. This type of usage is found nowhere else in the Greek world.