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Live auction - bgr_467425 - SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - DEMETRIUS II NIKATOR Tétradrachme

SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - DEMETRIUS II NIKATOR Tétradrachme AU
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Estimate : 750 €
Price : 480 €
Maximum bid : 480 €
End of the sale : 06 March 2018 14:40:48
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: An 168
Mint name / Town : Sidon, Phénicie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 27 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 13,89 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale et irrégulier bien centré avec les grènetis visibles. Très beau portrait de Démétrius II. Revers de haut relief bien venu à la frappe.
Catalogue references :

Obverse


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

Reverse


Reverse description : Aigle debout à gauche sur un gouvernail ; dans le champ à droite, un aplustre ; dans celui de gauche, une palme.
Reverse legend : DHMHTRIOU - BASILEWS/ HXR/ (RK)/ SIDW.

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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