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CNG Feature Auction 117

Lot nuber 296

SELEUKID EMPIRE. Demetrios II Nikator. Second reign, 129-125 BC. AR Tetradrachm (28mm, 16.77 g, 1h). Damaskos mint. Dated SE 184 (129/8 BC).


CNG Feature Auction 117
Lot: 296.

Closing Date: May 20 2021 11:00 ET

Greek, Silver

Estimate: $ 750

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SELEUKID EMPIRE. Demetrios II Nikator. Second reign, 129-125 BC. AR Tetradrachm (28mm, 16.77 g, 1h). Damaskos mint. Dated SE 184 (129/8 BC). Diademed head right / Zeus Nikephoros seated left; below throne, N above Δ; ΔΠP (date) in exergue. SC 2181.2a; Schwei Group 2, 14 (A3/P9); HGC 9, 1116d; DCA 223. Toned. Good VF. Rare.

Ex John L. Cowan Collection (Classical Numismatic Group 112, 11 September 2019), lot 326; Classical Numismatic Group 100 (7 October 2015), lot 1566.

The two reigns of Demetrios II were separated by nine years spent in comfortable Parthian captivity, during which he grew a long beard, as seen on this tetradrachm of Damaskos. That, along with his marriage to the Parthian princess Rhodogune and the exotic eastern habits he had adopted, led many of his Greek subjects to suspect him of being, in modern parlance, a “Parthian Candidate” with a secret agenda to hand over Syria. Faced with multiple crises, his few supporters quickly abandoned him and he was deposed and summarily executed four years into his second reign.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 117 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 19-20 May 2021. This lot is in Session 1, which begins 19 May 2021 at 9 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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