Demetrios I Soter, 162-150 BC
AE21 Serrate. 9.09g, 21mm
MINTED: SYRIA, Antioch mint, circa 162-150 BC
REF: HGC 9, 826
OBVERSE: Bust of Artemis right, wearing stephane, bow and quiver over shoulder.
REVERSE: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ, Bow and quiver.
Very Fine. Pleasing, dark black patina with some original earthen deposits still present. Light cleaning scratches.
Interesting serrated edge bronze type, sometimes referred to informally by collectors as "bottlecaps" because of their appearance.
Demetrios, the eldest son of Seleukos IV, was living in Rome as a hostage when his father died in 175 BC. A series of political intrigues on the part of the court finance minister Heliodorus and Demetrios's uncle Antiochos IV deprived him of his right to the throne for thirteen years, until he eventually managed to escape Rome and stage a return to his kingdom. Hailed by the people, he immediately put to death his 10-year old cousin Antiochos V, who was ruling under the auspices of the Romans. He ruled for 11 years, before being killed in battle against the forces of the young pretender Alexander Balas.
In Jewish history, Demetrios is the notorious king who killed Judah Maccabee, the priest who had led the Jewish revolt against Seleukid rule and who had presided over the first Hanukkah, a celebration of the reconsecration of the Second Temple of Jerusalem in 164 BC.
SELEUKID KINGDOM . Demetrios I Soter, 162-150 BC . AE21 Serrate . "Bottlecap"
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