Authentic drachm of Gondophares (c.20-50 AD), Indo-Parthians, Northern India

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Diademed and bearded bust, right. corrupt Greek legend / Pallas standing right with thunderbolt and shield. Karosthi legend and control marks. Brown patina. 12mm, 2.39 g. Pieper 290-295; Senior ISCH 222. SKU X220-35240

Gondophares (Gastaphar in Armenian) is thought by some to be the same as King Gaspar, one of the three Magi at the birth of Jesus. He is also thought to be the King Gudnaphar who met St. Thomas when he journeyed to India. Very nice example of this crude type, 


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