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Ancient Coinage of Indo Scythians, Azes II


There may have been only one King Azes ("Azes I"), who reigned 57-12 BC, or two Azes, the second reigning into the first few decades of the 1st century AD. In general: the coins with king mounted with spear are assigned to Azes I and the king mounted with whip assigned to Azes II, although BMC and other reference sources list only one Azes.

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BMC 19Azes II AR Drachm, 1.93 gr, 14.19 mm. 35 BC - 5 AD. BASILEWS BASILEON MEGALOU AZOU, king on horseback right, raising right hand / Kharosthi legend, Zeus Nikephoros standing left, holding sceptre and wreath-bearing Nike; KP monogram to left. Mitchiner, Indogreek 853e; BMC 19.TextImage
BMC 25Azes II Billon Drachm, 1.86 gr, 14.93 mm. Indo-Scythians. 35 BC-12 AD. BACILEWC BACILEWN MEGALOY AZOU, King on horseback right, holding whip; curved T-like monogram to right / Karosthi legend, Zeus standing left, holding sceptre and Nike; PM-like monogram to left; B-like monogram to right. BMC 25.TextImage
BMC 93Indo-Scythian Kings. Azes II. Ca. 35 B.C.-A.D. 5. AR Tetradrachm. BASILEWS BASILEWN MEGALOU AZOU, Emperor on horseback right / Pallas Athena standing right, right arm extended, spear and shield in left. Monograms to left and right. BMC 93 (these monograms). TextImage
BMC 119Azes II. Indo-Scythians. AE 22mm. Tri-Chalkon. 35-12 BC. BASILEWS BASILEWN MEGALOU AZOU, King seated cross-legged to front, head left, holding partly unsheathed sword in left hand and whip or ankus in right hand / Maharajasa rajarajasa mahatasa (in Kharosthi) Ayasa, Winged Hermes standing, facing, holding caduceus, control marks to left and right. BMC 119; Whitehead 188ff.TextImage
BMC 127Azes II, ca. 35-5 BC, AE pentachalkon (12.74g), Taxila Sirsukh. BASILEWS BASILEWN MEGALOY AZOY, Tyche or Demeter seated left, modius on head, holding cornucopiae, right hand raised / Hermes standing right, holding caduceus, monogram and symbol to left and right. Mitch-2320v, as Senior-101.1; BMC 127.TextImage
MIG 824aAzes II. Taxila Sirsukh. AR Tetradrachm. 9,48g. King on horseback right / Athena standing facing, holding spear and shield, right hand raised. MIG 824a. TextImage
MIG_846Indo Scythian Kings, Azes II AR Tetradrachm. 20 - 1 BC. King on horseback / Pallas standing right. Northeastern Provinces. TextImage
MIG_2425Indo-Scythian Kingdom, Azes II Billon Tetradrachm. Taxila mint, now in West Pakistan.ssue of Azes II. King on Horse / Zeus holding wreath-bearing Nike. TextImage
Senior_95_40 BASILEWS BASILEWN MEGALOU AZOU, Emperor on horseback right, raising right hand / Pallas Athena standing left, thunderbolt in raised right hand, shield on left arm. Monograms to left and right. BMC p. 78; McClean 9748; Senior ISCH 95.40D.TextImage
Senior 105Baktria, Azes II AR Tetradrachm. Ca 35 BC - 5 AD. King on horseback right, monogram before / Zeus standing left with eagle and sceptre. Monograms in left and right fields. Senior 105.442T type.TextImage
Whitehead 104Azes II, AR tetradrachm. Ca 35 BC - 5 AD. BASILEWS BASILEWN MEGALOU AZOU, Emperor on horseback right, holding whip and raising right hand, bow on his back. Karosthi letter "de" in right field / Karosthi legend, Zeus standing left, holding long sceptre and Nike, Whitehead monogram 12 to left, Karosthi letter "bu" to right. Whitehead 104.TextImage
Whitehead 177Azes II, AR tetradrachm. Ca 35 BC - 5 AD. BASILEWS BASILEWN MEGALOU AZOU, Emperor on horseback right, holding whip and raising right hand, bow on his back. Karosthi letter "pra" in right field / Karosthi legend, Poseidon standing right, holding trident and extending right hand, Whitehead monogram 27 to left, Karosthi letter "si" to right. Whitehead 177.TextImage
See also: R. Whitehead's excellent book, Coins in the Punjab Museum, free download from archive.org
Coins of Greek and Scythic Kings of Bactria and India in the British Museum, free download from google books
Perseus Project database, coins of Azes II
Entry for Indo scythians, Azes II on the Digital Historia Numorum
Search for Azes II at AncientImports.com
Search for Azes II at Incitatus Coins

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