£7,170 – £7,620
Authentic silver coin from the Greco-Bactrian Kingdom minted circa 200-185 B.C. set in 18K yellow gold with amethyst and citrine bullet cabochons.
Handmade in Rome.
The unusual elephant headdress worn by Demetrius recalls that of Alexander the Great on early tetradrachms of Ptolemaic Egypt, referring to his conquests in northern India. Demetrius campaigned in India while serving a long apprenticeship under his father, Euthydemus I, as recorded on a dedicatory stone recently discovered north of Ai Khanoum in Afghanistan. After succeeding to the throne, he launched an invasion of Northern India that extended Greek control into modern Pakistan. The historian Strabo claims “more tribes were subdued by [Demetrius] than Alexander.” He apparently made Taxila in the Punjab his capital, and during his reign the Greco-Bactrian kingdom seems to have reached its greatest extent. The cause of his death is unknown. His son Euthydemos II seems to have reigned for a short time before his kingdom fragmented, with his ministers and/or relations Agathocles, Antimachus, and Panteleon claiming portions of it.
- Ancient silver coin
- 18K Yellow Gold
- Made in Italy
- Due to the unique process of hand carving coins in ancient times, there may be a few stylistic differences from the image shown.
- This piece is provided with a certificate of authenticity.
- Ancient Coin Ø 33mm
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Depicted on the Coin
Obverse: Diademed and draped bust of Demetrius right, wearing elephant skin headdress.
Reverse: Herakles standing facing crowning himself and holding club and lion’s skin, inscription ΔHMHTPIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ.
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