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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Seleucid Kingdom| > GB11312
Seleukid Kingdom, Alexander II Zabinas, 128 - 123 B.C.
|Seleucid| |Kingdom|, |Seleukid| |Kingdom,| |Alexander| |II| |Zabinas,| |128| |-| |123| |B.C.|, Zabinas claimed to be an adoptive son of Antiochus VII, but may have been the son of an Egyptian merchant. He was used as a pawn by the Egyptian king Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II (Physcon). Zabinas managed to defeat Demetrius II and thereafter ruled parts of Syria, but soon ran out of Egyptian support and was defeated by Demetrius' son Antiochus VIII Grypus. As a last resort, Zabinas plundered the temples of Antioch. He is said to have joked about melting down a statuette of the goddess of victory, Nike, which was held in the hand of a Zeus statue, saying "Zeus has given me Victory." Enraged by his impiety, the Antiochenes expelled Zabinas, who was captured and executed soon after. "Zabinas" is a derogatory name meaning "the bought one," implying he was Ptolemy's slave.
GB11312. Bronze AE 21, SNG Spaer 2348 var, VF, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight 6.356g, maximum diameter 21.2mm, die axis 0o, 128 - 123 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Alexander II right, wearing lion-skin headdress; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, Nike walking left, wreath in right and palm-branch over shoulder, uncertain symbols in fields; uncleaned; SOLD











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