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Live auction - bgr_430496 - SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - DEMETRIUS II NIKATOR Tétradrachme

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Estimate : 650 €
Price : 320 €
Maximum bid : 320 €
End of the sale : 13 June 2017 14:19:56
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: an 167
Mint name / Town : Phénicie, Tyr
Metal : silver
Diameter : 26,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 14,30 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale, légèrement décentré au droit avec le grènetis visible. Beau portrait de Démétrius II. Revers de haut relief et de joli style. Magnifique patine de médaillier avec des reflets mordorés
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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/ ZXR/ TUR/ (GHR).
Reverse translation : (Démetrios roi).


Poids lourd. Même coin de droit que l’exemplaire de la collection Spaer (n° 1675). La date au revers doit bien être lue comme 166, la dernière lettre est bien un sigma (6) et pas un dzêta (7).

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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