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Live auction - bgr_384413 - SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - DEMETRIUS II NIKATOR Drachme

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Estimate : 3 800 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 12 September 2017 14:33:13
Type : Drachme
Date: c. 146-140 AC.
Mint name / Town : Séleucie de Piérie, Syrie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 16 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 4,21 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire de qualité exceptionnelle sur un petit flan ovale bien centré des deux côtés avec le grènetis visible au droit. Portrait de toute beauté. Revers inhabituel bien venu à la frappe. Jolie patine grise superficielle avec des reflets dorés
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Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la vente Freeman du 1 août 2008 et de la collection François Charrin


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête diadémée de Démétrius II à droite.


Reverse description : Ancre verticale.
Reverse translation : (Du roi Démétrius victorieux).


Pour ce type, la marque de contrôle peut se trouver à gauche comme sur notre exemplaire et celui de la BnF (coll. De Clercq, n° 166b) ou à droite, Hoover, AJN. 12 (2000), pl. 19, 2. Même coin de droit que l’exemplaire décrit par Hoover, AJN. 12 (2000), pl. 19, 4 provenant de la vente Gemini I, 11-12 janvier 2005, n° 211 aujourd’hui à l’ANS et que l’exemplaire de la collection Houghton, CSE. 567 = SC. 2, n° 1925.

Historical background

SYRIA - Seleucid Kingdom - Demetrius II NICATOR

(146-138 BC)

First reign

Demetrius II was the eldest son of Demetrius I.. He must first face Alexander I Bala who claimed to be the son of Antiochus IV, supported first by Attalus of Pergamum and Ptolemy. Finally, Alexander was eliminated in 145 after a reign of five years. Restored with the help of Ptolemy VI, who was killed fighting Alexander, Demetrius was difficult to impose and its influence remained limited to the Phoenician coast. In 140 BC, he began a campaign against the Parthians, but was defeated and taken into captivity.

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