INDO-GREEK, Menander, c. 160-145 BC, silver, tetradrachm


INDO-GREEK, UNITED KINGDOM, Menander, c. 160-145 BC, tetradrachm, Pushkalavati mint (according to Mitchiner), Obverse: diademed bust R, Reverse: Pallas standing L, raised shield, silver, 24mm, 9.86g, MA1765v1, some horn silver around periphery, nice aVF

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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.