INDO-GREEK, Menander, c. 160-145 BC, bronze, chalkous


INDO-GREEK, UNITED KINGDOM, Menander, c. 160-145 BC, chalkous, Taxila mint (according to Mitchiner), Obverse: elephant head R, Reverse: club, MIT monogram R of club, bronze, 15mm, 2.75g, MA-nl, SG7616v3, VF

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The Greeks arrived in Pakistan under the command of Alexander the Great. A line of kings endured for about three centuries.

The earliest ancient Indian coins were the “bent bar” punchmarked silvers of the Achaemenid Persians occupying Gandhara in northwest Pakistan. By the 3rd century BC coins were in general use in most of India and Ceylon.