ALEXANDER I BALAS KING OF SYRIA

Ancient Coins - ALEXANDER I BALAS KING OF SYRIA
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ALEXANDER I BALAS ( THEOPATOR EUERGETES ). silver drachm. (4,11 gm).  150-145 BC.
Struck in Antiochia. Diademed head of the king facing right, fillet border.
Royal titles Apollo seated left on omphalos holding arrow (s?).  In outer left field monogram,
also in exergue. SC 1785.5b  Newell, SMA 175.  Magnificent toning, and of superb style, extremely
fine. ( a rare coin in this condition and most attractive).

The standard Seleucid Apollo type appeared on most of his drachms and was preferred for tetradrachms
as well at the eastern mints ( susa, Antioch on the Persian gulf and Ecbatana, the last specializing in
the production of drachms. Alexander was  a usurper who was backed by the Attalids and the
Ptolemies against the legitimate Seleucid king. He married Cleopatra Thea, the eldest daughter of
Ptolemy VI.  History knows her as ruthless and a specialist in poison. she repudiated Balas, following
his defeat and murder by a local Arab Sheik she married the young  Demetrius II. With him she had
Seleukos V and Antiochus VIII. Demetrius II was captured by the Parthians, however Cleopatra  proceeded
to marry his younger brother , Antiochus VII !, with whom she had Antiochus IX.
Antiochus VII was killed in battle, and Demetrius II returned to Cleopatra.
By 125 BC she was fed up with him and had him murdered.  He was succeeded by his son Seleukos V.
This king proved to be  rather independent from his mother so she also had him murdered as well!.
she decided to become the sole ruler of Syria, legitimizing her position by associating herself with her
younger son, Antiochus VIII.  Probably he learned from the past and her murderous intensions and took
care ! She  made several attempts at eliminating him, but in the end was forced to drink a cup of
poisoned wine she had herself prepared for her own son. She died in 121 BC. one of the  most vulgar royal
queens known to ancient history.

Preis SKU: ALKIII
995.00
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Wechselkurs: 11/21/17

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