Ancient Coinage of Baktria, Kings, Sophytes


Sophytes, described in ancient sources as being tall and handsome, ruled in Baktria ca 300 BC. Whether Sophytes was of Indian or Greek origin is still debated by scholars.

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Bop_1ASophytes, Baktria AR Tetradrachm. Circa 305-294 BC. Tetradrachm (16.79 g). Attic standard. Imitating Athenian tetradrachm. Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with three olive leaves and a spiral palmette on the bowl; behind, PA (retrograde) above prow left / AΘE, owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig, crescent, and grape bunch behind. SNG ANS 3cf.TextImage
Bop 2ASophytes, Baktria AR Drachm. Circa 305-294 BC. Local standard. Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet; AΡ monogram behind head. / Eagle standing left, head right; grape bunches on stalk above. SNG ANS 14cf. TextImage
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Bop 3ASophytes, Baktria AR Drachm. Ca 305-294 BC. Local standard. Male head right, in crested helmet decorated with a laurel wreath / ΣΩΦYTOY, rooster standing right; caduceus behind. SNG ANS 21. TextImage
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Bop 4Sophytes, Baktria. Circa 305-294 BC. AR Diobol. Local standard. Helmeted head of Athena right / ΣΩΦYTOY, rooster standing right, caduceus to left. SNG ANS 27.TextImage
Bop Notae 16Sophytes AV Stater. Ca 315-305 BC. 19 mm, 8.58 g. Laureate and helmeted head of Sophytes right, wearing crested Attic helmet with decorated cheek-guard, MNA on neck truncation. / ΣΩΦYTOY, caduceus with knot in centre and dragon head terminals. Bop. Notae 4, 16 (this coin); Jansari 68 in NC 1978.TextImage
SC 444Sophytes, King of Baktria. ca 305-294 BC. AE12, 1.60 g. Helmeted head of Athena right / Owl standing right, head facing. Unpublished as AE version for Sophytes. SC 444 (but under Antiochos I); SCB p. 25, I (ditto).Text
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SNG ANS 6Sophytes, Baktria, Pre-Seleukid Era. ca 305-294 BC. AR Didrachm. 19mm, 7.89 g. Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with three olive leaves over visor and a spiral palmette on the bowl; AΡ behind head / AΘE, Owl standing right, head facing; to left, curved back, prow of galley right above branch with grape bunch and leaf. SNG ANS 6; cf. MIG Type 24.TextImage
SNG ANS 9Sophytes, Baktria, Pre-Seleukid Era. ca 305-294 BC. AR Hemidrachm. 12mm, 1.79 g. Helmeted head of Athena right / AΘE, (the E resembles an EΡ monogram), owl standing right, head facing; to left, curved back, olive branch in upper left field. Bopearachchi, Sophytes 1A; SNG ANS 9-10.TextImage
SNG ANS 21Sophytes, Baktria. ca 325-300 BC. AR Drachm. Male head right in crested helmet; M on base of neck / ΣΩΦYTOY, rooster standing right, wings closed; caduceus at left. TextImage
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SNG ANS 26Sophytes, Baktria AR Obol. Pre-Seleukid Period, ca 325-300 BC. Male head right in laureate helmet with jawguard; M on neck truncation / ΣΩΦYTOY, rooster standing right, caduceus to left. MIG 32.TextImage
SNG ANS 27Sophytes, Baktria. ca 325-300 BC. AR Diobol. Head of Athena right, in Corinthian helmet / ΣΩΦYTOY, rooster standing right, caduceus to left. MIG 31. TextImage
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See also: Search for Sophytes at CoinArchives.com
Entry for Baktria, Sophytes on the Digital Historia Numorum
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