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ALEXANDER II ZABINAS Seleukid Authentic Ancient Greek Coin VICTORY NGC i106739


ALEXANDER II ZABINAS Seleukid Authentic Ancient Greek Coin VICTORY NGC i106739
ALEXANDER II ZABINAS Seleukid Authentic Ancient Greek Coin VICTORY NGC i106739
ALEXANDER II ZABINAS Seleukid Authentic Ancient Greek Coin VICTORY NGC i106739
ALEXANDER II ZABINAS Seleukid Authentic Ancient Greek Coin VICTORY NGC i106739
ALEXANDER II ZABINAS Seleukid Authentic Ancient Greek Coin VICTORY NGC i106739

ALEXANDER II ZABINAS Seleukid Authentic Ancient Greek Coin VICTORY NGC i106739   ALEXANDER II ZABINAS Seleukid Authentic Ancient Greek Coin VICTORY NGC i106739
Item: i106739 Authentic Ancient Coin of. Greek Coin of Seleukid Kingdom. Bronze 21mm Antioch on the Orontes mint. Reference: HGC 9, 1162; SC 2231.1g Certification: NGC Ancients. Ch VF 6156464-076 Head right, wearing lion skin. Nike advancing left, holding wreath and palm frond; to inner left, monogram above wreath. Surnamed Zebina or Zabinas ("the Bought One"), son of a merchant, but claiming to an adopted son of Antiochos VII Sidetes. Or biological son of Alexander Balas.

He was set up by Ptolemy VII. Of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt as a pretender to the throne of the Seleukid kingdom. Shortly after the return of Demetrios II Nikator. From his captivity among the Parthians. He defeated Demetrios in 125, but was afterwards defeated by the forces of Cleopatra Thea.

And her son Antiochos VIII Grypos. By whom he was put to death in 122.

In Greek mythology, Nike was a goddess who personified victory, also known as the Winged Goddess of Victory. The Roman equivalent was Victoria. Depending upon the time of various myths, she was described as the daughter of Pallas (Titan) and Styx (Water) and the sister of Kratos (Strength), Bia (Force), and Zelus (Zeal). Nike and her siblings were close companions of Zeus, the dominant deity of the Greek pantheon. According to classical (later) myth, Styx brought them to Zeus when the god was assembling allies for the Titan War against the older deities. Nike assumed the role of the divine charioteer, a role in which she often is portrayed in Classical Greek art. Nike flew around battlefields rewarding the victors with glory and fame. Nike is seen with wings in most statues and paintings. Most other winged deities in the Greek pantheon had shed their wings by Classical times.

Nike is the goddess of strength, speed, and victory. Nike was a very close acquaintance of Athena, and is thought to have stood in Athena's outstretched hand in the statue of Athena located in the Parthenon. Nike is one of the most commonly portrayed figures on Greek coins. Names stemming from Nike include amongst others: Nicholas, Nicola, Nick, Nikolai, Nils, Klaas, Nicole, Ike, Niki, Nikita, Nika, Niketas, and Nico.

Alexander II Zabinas, ruler of the Greek Seleucid kingdom, was a counter-king who emerged in the chaos following the Seleucidian loss of Mesopotamia to the Parthians. Zabinas was a false Seleucid who claimed to be an adoptive son of Antiochus VII Sidetes, but in fact seems to have been the son of an Egyptian merchant named Protarchus. Antioch, Apamea, and several other cities, disgusted with the tyranny of Demetrius, acknowledged the authority of Alexander. He was used as a pawn by the Egyptian king Ptolemy VIII Tryphon, who introduced Zabinas as a means of getting to the legitimate Seleucid king Demetrius II, who supported his sister Cleopatra II against him in the complicated dynastic feuds of the latter Hellenistic dynasties.

Zabinas managed to defeat Demetrius II, who fled to Tyre and was killed there, and thereafter ruled parts of Syria (128 BC-123 BC), but soon ran out of Egyptian support and was in his turn was defeated by Demetrius' son Antiochus VIII Grypus. Zabinas fled to the Seleucid capital Antiochia, where he plundered several temples. He is said to have joked about melting down a statuette of the goddess of victory Nike which was held in the hand of a Zeus statue, saying "Zeus has given me Victory". Enraged by his impiety the Antiochenes cast Zabinas out of the city.

He soon fell into the hands of robbers, who delivered him up to Antiochus, by whom he was put to death, in 122 BC. For reasons unknown, Alexander II was the only late Seleucid not to use epithets on his coins. Several of his coins are extant. The Seleucid Empire was a Hellenistic state ruled by the Seleucid dynasty founded by Seleucus I Nicator following the division of the empire created by Alexander the Great.

Seleucus received Babylonia and, from there, expanded his dominions to include much of Alexander's near eastern territories. The Greek population of the cities who formed the dominant elite were reinforced by emigration from Greece. Seleucid expansion into Anatolia and Greece was abruptly halted after decisive defeats at the hands of the Roman army.

Their attempts to defeat their old enemy Ptolemaic Egypt were frustrated by Roman demands. Much of the eastern part of the empire was conquered by the Parthians under Mithridates I of Parthia in the mid-2nd century BC, yet the Seleucid kings continued to rule a rump state from the Seleukid Kingdom until the invasion by Armenian king Tigranes the Great and their ultimate overthrow by the Roman general Pompey. World-renowned expert numismatist, enthusiast, author and dealer in authentic ancient Greek, ancient Roman, ancient Byzantine, world coins & more. Ilya Zlobin is an independent individual who has a passion for coin collecting, research and understanding the importance of the historical context and significance all coins and objects represent. Send me a message about this and I can update your invoice should you want this method. Getting your order to you, quickly and securely is a top priority and is taken seriously here. Great care is taken in packaging and mailing every item securely and quickly. What is a certificate of authenticity and what guarantees do you give that the item is authentic? You will be very happy with what you get with the COA; a professional presentation of the coin, with all of the relevant information and a picture of the coin you saw in the listing. Additionally, the coin is inside it's own protective coin flip (holder), with a 2x2 inch description of the coin matching the individual number on the COA. Whether your goal is to collect or give the item as a gift, coins presented like this could be more prized and valued higher than items that were not given such care and attention to. When should I leave feedback?

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  1. Country/Region of Manufacture: Greece
  2. Certification Number: 6156464-076
  3. Certification: NGC
  4. Grade: Ch VF
  5. Year: 128-123BC
  6. Denomination: AE21
  7. Era: Ancient


ALEXANDER II ZABINAS Seleukid Authentic Ancient Greek Coin VICTORY NGC i106739   ALEXANDER II ZABINAS Seleukid Authentic Ancient Greek Coin VICTORY NGC i106739