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Live auction - bgr_403408 - SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - ALEXANDER II ZEBINA Hemidrachme

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Estimate : 750 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 27 September 2016 14:34:09
Type : Hemidrachme
Date: c. 128-123 AC.
Mint name / Town : Antioche, Syrie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 12,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 1,81 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan bien centré des deux côtés avec le grènetis visible au droit. Très belle tête d’Alexandre II. Frappe un peu molle au revers. Patine de collection ancienne
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la vente d’Alain Weil de Neuilly-sur-Seine du 12 octobre 2000, n° 10 et de la collection D. C


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête diadémée d'Alexandre II à droite ; grènetis circulaire.


Reverse description : Niké drapée debout à gauche, les ailes ouvertes, tenant une couronne de la main droite tendue et une palme de la main gauche.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS/ ALE-XANDROU/ H/ M.
Reverse translation : (du roi Alexandre).


Ce type de monnaie divisionnaire semble beaucoup plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux.

Historical background

SYRIA - Seleucid Kingdom - ALEXANDER II Zebina

(128-123 BC)

Alexander II Zebina claimed to be the son of Alexander I.. Ptolemy VIII led him to revolt against Demetrius II Nicator. Demetrius was defeated near Damascus and left momentarily Alexander II the only master of Antioch, but he soon fell out with his Egyptian protector. Ptolemy then approached Antiochus VIII and offered him his daughter Cleopatra in marriage Tryphème. Abandoned by all, Alexander was finally captured and sold to Antiochus VIII had him executed in 123 BC.

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