Ancient Silver Coin, Indo-Scythian Kingdom, Azes, AR Tetradrachm, c. 58-12
||17.7 x 16.3 x 3.1mm
Origin: Indo-Scythian Kingdom, India, Taxila mintAuthority: Azes I-IIDenomination: TetrdrachmComposition: SilverDate: circa 58-12 BCObverse: King on horseback right, holding spear in right hand and reigns in left; to right, Kharosthi letter (Ji)Reverse: Maharajasa rajarajasa mahatasa Ayasa (Kharosthi legend), Zeus left, holds in right hand, wreath-bearing Nike; in left, long sceptre; to left and right, Kharosthi lettersSize: 17.7x16.3x3.1 mmWeight: 2.39 GmsThe Indo-Scythians were Scythians (Iranian Eurasian nomads), who migrated into Western South Asia in the 2nd century BC to 4th century AD. Azes I was a ruler of the Indo-Scythians. More recently it is theorised that Azes I and Azes II may in fact be the one and same person. Azes II is speculated to be one of the 3 wise men who visited Jesus Christ in Bethlehem.