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Auction 8  23 Oct 2021
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Lot 188

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Estimate: 1000 CHF
Price realized: 2200 CHF

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BAKTRIA, Greco-Baktrian Kingdom. Heliokles, circa 145-130 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 33 mm, 16.90 g, 12 h), Baktra. Diademed and draped bust of Heliokles I to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ - HΛIOKΛEOYΣ - ΔIKAIOY Zeus, nude to the waist, standing facing, holding winged thunderbolt in his right hand and lotus-tipped (?) scepter in his left; in inner left field, monogram. Bopearachchi 1U. HGC 12, 169. MIG 284o. SNG 642. Boldly struck in high relief and with a fine portrait. Small punch in the left obverse field, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.


From the collection of Regierungsrat Dr. iur. Hans Krähenbühl, ex Triton VIII, 11-12 January 2005, 656 (with original dealer's ticket).

Heliokles was perhaps a brother or a son of the murdered Eukratides I. In any case, he is considered the last of the Greco-Baktrian kings, being killed in the Saka and Yuezhi invasions of his lands.
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