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Tetradrachm Coin of Demetrios I

Tetradrachm Coin of Demetrios I

200-190 BC

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Silver

Diameter: 3.3 cm (1 5/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1999.318

Description

Demetrios I (222–180 BC) ruled the Indo-Greek kingdom of Bactria from 200 to 180 BC and minted this coin to commemorate his conquests over territories to the south, in present-day Pakistan. He linked his image on his coin to Alexander of Macedon (356–323 BC), who depicted himself with a lion scalp after his conquest of India; Demetrios substituted an elephant for the lion. On the reverse is Hercules, also identified with Alexander.

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