Coin of Demetrios, I (obverse)

200-190 BC

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Demetrios I (222–180 BC) ruled the Indo-Greek kingdom of Bactria from 200 to 180 BC and minted this coin to commemorate his conquests over territories to the south, in present-day Pakistan. He linked his image on his coin to Alexander of Macedon (356–323 BC), who depicted himself with a lion scalp after his conquest of India; Demetrios substituted an elephant for the lion. On the reverse is Hercules, also identified with Alexander.

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  • Title: Coin of Demetrios, I (obverse)
  • Date Created: 200-190 BC
  • Physical Dimensions: Diameter: 3.3 cm (1 5/16 in.)
  • Type: Coins
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1999.318.a
  • Medium: silver
  • Department: Indian and Southeast Asian Art
  • Culture: Afghanistan, Bactria, Bactrian period (3rd-2nd century BC), Demetrios I
  • Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
  • Collection: Indian Art - Kushan, Gandhara
  • Accession Number: 1999.318.a

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