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Live auction - bgr_340384 - SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - ALEXANDER II ZEBINA Tétradrachme

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Estimate : 950 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 03 December 2014 14:36:05
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 128-123 AC.
Mint name / Town : Antioche, Syrie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 30,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,71 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large, centré des deux côtés avec la stemma visible. Très beau portrait inhabituel. Revers bien venu à la frappe. Très jolie patine de médaillier avec des reflets dorés
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Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête diadémée d'Alexandre II à droite entourée de la stemma.


Reverse description : Zeus nicéphore nu jusqu’à la ceinture, assis à gauche sur un trône avec dossier, tenant une Niké volant à gauche de la main droite et un sceptre long lotiforme ; la lettre grecque sous le trône est surmontée d’une étoile.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS/ ALE-XANDROU/ (DG)/ S.
Reverse translation : (Du roi Alexandre).


Très bel exemplaire de l’atelier d’Antioche. Seulement deux exemplaires recensés.

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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