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Second reign of Demetrios II Nikator (c. 130-125 B.C.)

From the Tyre Mint. Year 184 (129-128 B.C.)

Obverse: Diademed head of Demetrios facing right.

Reverse: Eagle standing left on prow, palm over shoulder, club left surmounted by TYP monogram; APE on left, AS and DPR on right, (F-P) monogram between legs

Produced in Syria. Found in Jerusalem. In very good condition.

26 mm diameter; 13.40 g

Plexiglas stand, shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.

Export Approval from Israel Antiquities Authority.


Demetrius II (125 BC), called Nicator (Victor), ruler of the Greek Seleucid kingdom, was the middle son of Demetrius I Soter. As a young boy, he fled to Crete after the death of his father, his mother and his older brother, when Alexander Balas usurped the Seleucid throne. About 147 BC he returned to Syria, and with the help of Ptolemy VI Philometor, king of Egypt, regained his father's throne. The Egyptian king also divorced his daughter Cleopatra Thea from Balas and remarried her to Demetrius.

A tetradrachm is a Greek coin denomination, equivalent to four drachms.