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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Syria| > GB17681
Demetrias (Damascus?), Coele-Syria, c. 96 - 82 B.C.
The site of Demetrias is not entirely certain; most likely Damascus was refounded and renamed Demetrias during the reign of the Seleukid king Demetrios III (97 - 88 B.C.). Its uncertain how long the name was used. After the death of Antiochos XII in 83 or 82 B.C. the city handed itself over to the Nabataean king, Aretas III. It may have returned to Seleukid control for a time, but by 73 B.C. the city was ruled by Tigranes II of Armenia until 64 B.C., when it became part of the new Roman province of Syria. Mark Antony gave the city to Cleopatra VII in 36 B.C. After her death it again came under Roman control.
GB17681. Bronze AE 16, BMC Galatia p. 289, 2; HGC 9 1461 (R2); De Saulcy 3; SNG MŁnchen Ė, VF, green patina, Demetrias (Damascus?) mint, weight 3.809g, maximum diameter 16.1mm, die axis 0o, c. 95 - 84 B.C.; obverse turreted head of Tyche of Demetrias right; reverse Nike standing left, wreath in extended right hand, palm frond in left hand, ∆HMHTPIEΩN / THΣ IEPAΣ (Demetrians of the sacred [city]) in downward lines; very rare; SOLD

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