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Session A, Lot 20073





Estimate: 10'000 USD   |   Starting price: 6'000 USD ---
Diodotus Tryphon, 142-138 B.C
Exceptional Tryphon Tetradrachm
SYRIA. Seleukid Kingdom. Diodotus Tryphon, 142-138 B.C. AR Tetradrachm (16.24 gms), Antioch Mint.
SC-2031.1. Diademed head of Tryphon facing right (large and heavy featured); Reverse: Spiked Macedonian helmet with cheek guards facing left, with wild goat's horn above visor adorned with laurel branch, monogram to inner left, legends at either side, all within oak wreath border. VERY RARE. Gorgeous sunset rose toning graces the obverse. Well struck on a broad quality planchet.

Diodotus, co-administrator of Antioch during the reign of Alexander Balas, conspired against Alexander's successor - Demetrius II - and attempted to seat Alexander's young son on the Seleukid throne. The young ward - Antiochus VI - died and opened the way for Diodotus to declare himself king, and "Autokrator". The use of this title styles Diodotus as the Greco-Macedonian leader of Syria, and indeed the reverse design for this coin emphasizes his Macedonian connection.
NGC Ch AU, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5.
From the John Whitney Walter Collection.

Purchased from Harlan J. Berk.

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