Ancient Greece (Bactrian Empire) Eucratides Tetradrachm (Fakes are possible) 171BC to 135BC
Eucratides I, sometimes called Eucratides the Great, was one of the most important kings of the Greco-Bactrian Kingdom, which was centered around the northern part of present-day Afghanistan. Eucratides has prestigious coinage, suggesting a rule of considerable importance. This page covers silver tetradrachms that look like our pictures. Weigh is about 16 grams, plus or minus 1 gram.
The coin in our main picture comes from Baldwin's in London where is sold for $1200 USD during a 2006 auction. It would probably sell for more today.
worn: $300 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1000
well preserved: $3500
As always, coins like this stand on their own merits and catalog values are very rough (almost meaningless) guides. To give a better idea of value, consider the images to the right, labeled (A) through (D).
The (A) coin is a superb specimen, sold by Roma Numismatics for $2500
The (B) coin appears more rough and worn. It is an $800 coin, or so.
Coin (C) displays porous, marred surfaces and hardly any detail. It would probably sell for $250 to a collector of ancient coins.
(D) is an obvious fake, worth zero.
, Genre: Ancient
Requested by: Mike, Tue, 15-Sep-2015 09:41:34 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Wed, 16-Sep-2015 02:55:41 GMT
Requester description: Bust of Eucratides I with a helmet and in uniform on the front
Two men battling on horseback on the back BAEIAEEMERAAOY EYKPATIAOY (Greek Lettering on back of coin) ?'??????? ???'???Y ????????'?Y
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