Alexander I Balas. 152-145 BC
AR Drachm. 3.58g, 17.7mm
MINTED: Antioch on the Orontes, circa 150-145 BC
REF: SC 1785.1a.; cf. SNG Cop 251ff (controls, date)
OBVERSE: Diademed head right.
REVERSE: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ / ΘΕΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ, Apollo seated left on omphalos, testing arrow and resting hand on bow set on ground.
Almost Very Fine. Dark tone. Off-center obverse.
Alexander I Balas claimed to be the "lost" son of Antiochus IV, and winning the support of the Romans, Jews and Ptolemaic Egypt, overthrew the Seleukid king Demetrios Soter in 150 BC and claimed the throne for himself. He ruled for a few years before being defeated in battle by Demetrios II in 145 BC, and was shortly thereafter murdered in Nabataea.
SELEUKID KINGDOM . Alexander I Balas . 152-145 BC . AR Drachm
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