|Roma Numismatics Ltd > E-Sale 100||Auction date: 28 July 2022|
|Lot number: 628|
Price realized: 2,200 GBP (Approx. 2,647 USD / 2,615 EUR) Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Greco-Baktrian Kingdom, Heliokles I Dikaios AR Tetradrachm. Possibly unrecorded mint, circa 145-130 BC. Diademed and draped bust to right; all within bead-and-reel border / Zeus standing facing half-left, wearing himation, holding winged thunderbolt in right hand and lotus-tipped sceptre in left; monogram in left field, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ to right, ΗΛΙΟΚΛΕΟΥΣ to left, ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ in exergue. Bopearachchi 1H var. (monogram reversed); Bopearachchi & Rahman -; Mitchiner 284u var. (monogram reversed); SNG ANS -; HGC 12, 169. 16.76g, 33mm, 12h.
Extremely Fine; some die shift. Apparently unpublished with this monogram.
From a private UK collection.
Comparison with the previous lot highlights that this tetradrachm is unlikely to have come from the same mint. The distinctive style of this tetradrachm along with the unpublished monogram suggest that it may have been struck at a previously unrecorded mint. The correct spelling of the reverse legends and the new monogram (rather than a failed attempt to imitate another one) seem to rule out that this is an imitative issue.
Estimate: 350 GBP