Demetrius II King of the Seleucid Empire from 145 BC to 138 BC.
Demetrius II was one of the sons of Demetrius I Soter, brother of Antiochus VII Sidetes, and ruled the Seleucid Empire for two periods, separated by a number of years of captivity in Parthia.

In 147 BC, he overthrew Alexander I Balas and regained his fathers throne. However, Demetrius was not a popular king. The people of Syria had little respect for the young boy, who had come to power with the help of Egypt and Cretan mercenaries led by the ruthless Lasthenes.

In 139 BC, Demetrius was taken prisoner by MIthradates I of Parthia, and was held i captivity for 10 years. When he was released, the Seleucid Empire was only a shadow of it's former glory.

He would rule the remains of an empire for 3 years, before being defeated by yet another usurper - Alexander II Zabinas.
Demetrius II
Epithet: Nicator ("the Victor")
An AE double unit struck 130-125 BC in Antioch
Obverse: Laureated and bearded head of Zeus right

Reverse: Nike holding wreath and palm branch walking left; BAΣIΛEOΣ / ΔHMHTΡIOΥ / ΘEOΥ NIKATOΡOΣ, ? monogram

Diameter: 17 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 5.6 g
No notes for this coin
SNG Spaer 2164 - 77; Hoover 1133; Houghton 291
An AR Tetradrachm struck c. 143-142 BC in Tyre
Obverse: diademed and draped bust right

Reverse: Eagle standing left on prow left, with palm branch over shoulder; to left, club surmounted by (TYP) monogram; to right, OP (date) above (ΓHP) monogram; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ__ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ

Diameter: 25 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 13.3 g
SC 1959.4c
An AR Tetradrachm struck 142/1 BC in Sidon
Obverse: Diademed and draped bust right

Reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY, eagle standing left, palm branch under far wing; AOP (date) in left field above monogram, mintmark ΣIΔΩ above aphlaston in right field, control mark between legs

Diameter: 25 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 13.44 g
No notes for this coin
SC 1954.5