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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Seleucid Kingdom| > RB91503
Seleukid Kingdom, Demetrius I Soter, 162 - 150 B.C., Sidon, Phoenicia
After his brother Demetrius was captured by the Parthians, Antiochus VII was made king. He married Demetrius' wife Cleopatra Thea. He defeated the usurper Tryphon at Dora and laid siege to Jerusalem in 134. According to Josephus, the Hasmonean king John Hyrcanus opened King David's sepulcher and removed three thousand talents, which he then paid Antiochus to spare the city. Sidetes then attacked the Parthians, supported by a body of Jews under Hyrcanus, and briefly took back Mesopotamia, Babylonia and Media before being ambushed and killed by Phraates II. His brother Demetrius II had by then been released, but the Seleucid realm was now restricted to Syria. Antiochus VII was the last Seleucid king of any stature.
RB91503. Bronze AE 22, Houghton-Lorber II 1666, Babelon Rois 780 ff., Rouvier V 1222, HGC 9 829 (R1), aF, a bit rough, but nearly full legible reverse inscription and nice galley, obverse off center, Sidon (Saida, Lebanon) mint, weight 6.698g, maximum diameter 21.6mm, die axis 0o, 134 - 133 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Demetrius I Soter, control marks off flan; reverse galley left, BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ∆HMHTPIOY (King Demetrius) in two lines above, ΣI∆ΩNΩN over (Greek and Phoenician both reading "of the Sidonians") below; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; rare; SOLD











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