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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Seleucid Kingdom| > GY33579
Seleukid Kingdom, Demetrius II Nikator, 146 - 138 and 129 - 125 B.C.
|Seleucid| |Kingdom|, |Seleukid| |Kingdom,| |Demetrius| |II| |Nikator,| |146| |-| |138| |and| |129| |-| |125| |B.C.|, Demetrius II ruled for two periods, separated by years of captivity in Parthia. He gained the throne with the help of Egypt, but general Diodotus rebelled, took Antioch and made Antiochus VI Dionysus his puppet king. Demetrius then ruled part of the kingdom from Seleucia. In 38 B.C. he attacked the Parthians but was defeated and captured, ending his first reign. The Parthians released him in 129 B.C. when his brother, Antiochus VII Sidetes, marched against Parthia. They hoped the brothers would fight a civil war but the Parthians soon defeated Sidetes, and Demetrius returned to rule Syria. His second reign portraits show him wearing a Parthian styled beard. His second reign ended when he was defeated and killed by yet another usurper set up by Egypt, Alexander II Zabinas.
GY33579. Bronze AE 15, SNG Spaer 2196, VF, Seleukia mint, weight 3.066g, maximum diameter 15.2mm, die axis 0o, 2nd reign, 129 - 125 B.C.; obverse eagle with spread wings standing right; reverse ∆HMHTPIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΘEOY NIKATOPOΣ, thunderbolt; nice "desert patina"; SOLD











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