THIS BAKTRIAN AE.LARGE (33mm. 31 gr.)coin is also of great rarity, may be and unique.
On its rubbed smooth surface, covered with green patina, with a crack, crossing the item almost to the centre of the coin there is a facing bust of ivy wreathed Dionysus. Inspite of its effaced pictures on both sides, one can clearly see a part of the inscription:
B - I - /\E - o [B - /\E - Ω]
- l- KPATIO - l –
This large bronze is analogous to a tipe of coins, minted by Seleucus IV in 187 – 175 B. C.
Bactrian kings Eucratides I (175-150 B. C.) and
Eucratides II (after 150 B. C.) ruled over the country this time. Though its non-satisfied state of preservation the contours of the deity and the elephant are well distinguished, and confirm once again the highest microsculptural level of Bactrian artists, that engraved the coin dies – the metallic intaglio.