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CNG Feature Auction 117

Lot nuber 356

BAKTRIA, Indo-Greek Kingdom. Strato I Soter. Circa 105-85/0 BC. AR Tetradrachm (27.5mm, 9.31 g, 12h).


CNG Feature Auction 117
Lot: 356.

Closing Date: May 20 2021 11:00 ET

Oriental Greek, Silver

Estimate: $ 1 500

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BAKTRIA, Indo-Greek Kingdom. Strato I Soter. Circa 105-85/0 BC. AR Tetradrachm (27.5mm, 9.31 g, 12h). Diademed and draped beardless bust right; one diadem tie angled / Athena Alkidemos standing left, brandishing thunderbolt and aegis; monogram to inner left. Bopearachchi 21A; Haughton, Silver 2; HGC 12, 328. Toned, minor surface marks and areas of roughness. Near EF. Struck on a broad flan.

Like most Indo-Greek rulers, Strato I Soter Dikaios (”savior” and “the just”) is unknown to history apart from his coins, which suggest his rule encompassed Gandhara and the Punjab. His earliest coins show a youthful bust cojoined with that of a woman named Agathokleia, possibly his mother, who may have ruled as regent during his minority (see previous lot). His solo portraits show a somewhat older visage, eventually acquiring a beard (although a new theory posits that the bearded portrait depicts a different king of the same name, possibly Agathokleia’s brother). Athena appears in several poses on the reverses of his coins, here in the traditional stance of Athena Alkidemos, preparing to hurl a thunderbolt.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 117 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 19-20 May 2021. This lot is in Session 2, which begins 19 May 2021 at 2 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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