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Baktria, Eukratides; 171-145 BC.
Tetradrachm Attic standard c. 171-155 BC
Eukratides the Great (reigned from 170 to 145 BC), was a notable Greco-Baktrian king and descendant of dignitaries of Alexander the Great. Eukratides displaced the Euthydemid dynasty of Greco-Bactrian kings interchanging it with his own lineage. At one time he defeated the Indo-Greek king Demetrius expanding his territories as far as the Indus. He was likely assassinated by one of his two sons (Eukratides II or Heliokles I) on his way back from India. The murder of Eukratides resulted in a civil war amongst the members of the dynasty. When the Yuezhi tribes overpowered Heliokles, the Greco-Baktrians lost control of the provinces north of the Hindu Kush. Obverse Eukratides wearing a crested helmet. Reverse Dioscuri riding horses ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΕΥΚPΑΤΙΔΟΥ.
Mint: Mint Baktian
Provenance: Courtesy Harlan J Berk, LTD

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