Drachm - Menander I Soter

Drachm - Menander I Soter -  obverseDrachm - Menander I Soter -  reverse

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Features

Country Indo-Greek Kingdom (Indo-Greek)
(India (ancient))
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 155 BC - 130 BC
Value 1 Drachm (1)
Currency Drachm (200 BC to 10 AC)
Composition Silver
Weight 2.31 g
Diameter 17 mm
Shape Round
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 78901
Numista (https://numista.com)
References Bop# 13Q,
Osmund Bopearachchi; 1991. Monnaies gréco-bactriennes et indo-grecques. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, France.
MIG# 215
Michael Mitchiner; 1975. Indo-Greek and Indo-Scythian Coinage / Volume 1. The Early Indo-Greeks and their Antecedants: Alexander the Great, the Satraps of Egypt, Babylon, Ecbatana, Bactra and Kapisa: the Seleucids: Circa 330 to 150 BC. Hawkins Publications, London, United Kingdom.
And 8 more volumes.

Obverse

Diademed, bare-headed bust of king right, discontinuous Greek legend around

Lettering: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ / MENANΔPOY

Translation: Basileos Soteros Menandrou

Reverse

Athena Alkidemos standing left, holding horizontal shield on outstretched left arm, hurling thunderbolt with right hand, monogram at left.
Kharoshthi legend around

Lettering: maharajasa tratarasa / menamdrasa

Translation: King Saviour Menander

Comments

Menander is the first occidental, which has been documented who converted to Buddhism.
The coin belongs to the Indian Standard Silver coins

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (155 BC - 130 BC) 

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