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CNG 109, Lot: 325. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $1200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SELEUKID EMPIRE. Demetrios II Nikator. Second reign, 129-125 BC. AR Drachm (18.5mm, 4.10 g, 12h). Tarsos mint, “Royal workshop”. Diademed head right within fillet border / Zeus Nikephoros seated left; two monograms to outer left (the lower of which is engraved over a prior control mark). SC 2158 corr. (bottom monogram); Houghton, Second, –; HGC 9, 1128a; SNG Spaer 2204 (same dies); CNG inventory 403602 (same dies). EF, toned, slight die wear, a couple light marks under tone on obverse, a little porosity on reverse. Well centered and struck. Extremely rare.

From the MNL Collection. Ex François Charrin Collection (Parsy, 26 November 2013), lot 57.

The clarity of the lower monogram on this example verifies that this drachm is a fraction of the tetradrachm issue SC 2157.2.