silver coin Minted in Ephesus Greek The British Museum
A silver double shekel minted by Hannibal's family around 230 B.C. The front depicts the Carthaginian god Melqart as Hercules and the reverse shows a war elephant. The coin was stamped in Spain, part of Carthage's larger empire [Credit: The Trustees of the British Museum/Art Resource, NY]
Menander I Soter was a Greek of the Indo-Greek Kingdom who established a large empire in South Asia and became a patron of Buddhism. Menander was born in the Caucasus, and was initially a king of Bactria. Ancient Indian writers indicate that he launched expeditions southward into Rajasthan and as far east down the Ganges River Valley as Pataliputra, and the Greek geographer Strabo wrote that he "conquered more tribes than Alexander the Great."