Hermaios Silver Tetradrachm

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by CoinArchives.com
published on 26 April 2012

BAKTRIA, Indo-Greek Kingdom. Hermaios. Circa 105-90 BC. AR Tetradrachm (26mm, 9.61 g, 12h).

Obverse:Diademed and draped bust right, wearing helmet adorned with bull's horn and ear
Reverse: Zeus enthroned facing slightly left, holding scepter; monogram to left.

Ref: Bopearachchi 4D; Bopearachchi & Rahman -; SNG ANS 1344-5.

This kind of coin is often shown as a pusthumouns coinage, made by nomads, but it can also be a later eponymous Hermaios (II or III).
The enthroned Zeus has his head radiated; it's probably ther syncretic god Zeus-Mithra.

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