Indo-Greek Kingdom of Bactria
King Eucratides I
Around 240 BC, the areas that today represent Afghanistan, western Pakistan, and northern India had severed ties with Seleukid dominance, asserting their independence under the reign of their own monarchs. This was vividly documented through a captivating series of coin portraits, remarkable in their potent realism and intricate detail. Eukratides I, reigning approximately from 170-145 BC, was notably the most prominent among these rulers.
OBV: Helmeted, draped, and diademed bust right
Rev: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY EYKΡATIΔOY (‘of Great King Eucratides’), the Dioskuri riding right, each holding a palm branch and a spear, monogram at lower right