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Live auction - bgr_340383 - SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - DEMETRIUS II NIKATOR Tétradrachme

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Estimate : 950 €
Price : 950 €
Maximum bid : 950 €
End of the sale : 03 December 2014 14:35:35
bidders : 4 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: An 167
Mint name / Town : Tyr, Phénicie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 25,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 14,16 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire de qualité exceptionnelle sur un flan ovale, bien centré des deux côtés avec les grènetis visibles. Portrait fantastique de Démétrius II. Revers finement détaillé où l’aigle semble s’animer. Merveilleuse patine de médaillier avec des reflets mordorés et bleutés irisés
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la collection Hindamian, Ciani-Vinchon, 6-8 février 1956, n° 616


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Buste diadémé et drapé de Démétrius II à droite.


Reverse description : Aigle debout à gauche sur un gouvernail ; dans le champ une massue avec le monogramme de Tyr ; palme sur l'aile ; monogramme dans le champ à droite.
Reverse legend : DHMHTRIOU - BASILEWS/ IXR/ TUR.


Flan très légèrement éclaté au revers à 1 heure.

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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