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Silver drachm of Apollodotos II (ca.110-80 BC) with long legend, Taxila mint (workshop R), Indo-Greeks (Senior 424c)

Silver drachm of Apollodotos II (ca.110-80 BC) with long legend, Taxila mint (workshop R), Indo-Greeks (Senior 424c)

Apollodotos facing right, Greek inscription  ΑΠΟΛΛΟΔΟΤΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ("of Apollodotus King Great Saviour and Fatherloving"). around / Pallas standing left, with shield on left arm, hurling thunderbolt, Karoshti legend "Maharajasa tratarasa Apaladatasa" around, mintmark in the right field. 17mm, 2.14 grams. Taxila mint (workshop R). Senior 424(c).

These coins are often found in large numbers in hoards of the Kshaharata Nahapana, whose reign is dated to ca.50-100 AD. The coins of Apollodotos are struck to the very same standard as the coins of Nahapana and it seems they were allowed to circulate freely in Nahapana's Kingdom in Gujarat. The presence of these early coins throws off the Western Kshatrapa coinage, as it does not seem possible that the coins of Apollotos remained in circulation for a 150 years after they were minted. Because of these coins, some researchers place the reign of Nahapana in 1st century BC.

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