Azes II was king of Bactria – present day Afghanistan – from 35 BC to 5 AD. He was a political descendant of Alexander the Great, who brought Greek culture to the east. The obverse legends of his coins were written in Greek, the reverse in Indian script, making his coinage among the earliest bilingual coins. The silver tetradrachm was based on the original classical Greek coin denomination that was introduced more than five centuries earlier. The coins were hand-made by ancient artisans by placing a blank silver disk, heated to make it soft, between blocks of iron carved with reversed designs and then striking the upper block forcefully with a hammer. This resulted in imperfect but remarkably detailed coins considering the crudeness of the method of manufacture. We guarantee this coin to be genuine and over 2,000 years old. It comes as shown with a descriptive folder and Certificate of Authenticity.