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Live auction - bgr_704586 - SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - DEMETRIUS II NIKATOR Tétradrachme

SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - DEMETRIUS II NIKATOR Tétradrachme MS/AU
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Type : Tétradrachme
Date: an 168
Mint name / Town : Syrie, Antioche
Metal : silver
Diameter : 26 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 16,40 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Superbe exemplaire, centré des deux côtés. Très joli buste de Démétrius II, bien venu à la frappe. Revers bien détaillé. Patine grise de collection avec de légers reflets dorés
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Buste imberbe et diadémé de Démétrius II à droite, entouré de la stemma.

Reverse


Reverse description : Apollon assis à gauche sur l'omphalos, tenant une flèche de la main droite et appuyé de la gauche sur son arc.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS/ DHMHTRIOU/ QEOU/ FILADELFOU/ NIKATOROS/ (PA)/ (PR)/ HXR.
Reverse translation : (du roi Démétrius divin glorieux victorieux).

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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