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Live auction - bgr_832014 - CARIA - CARIAN ISLANDS - RHODES Didrachme

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Estimate : 500 €
Price : 280 €
Maximum bid : 400 €
End of the sale : 24 October 2023 14:19:40
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Didrachme
Date: c. 250 AC.
Mint name / Town : Rhodes, Carie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 6,50 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie idéalement centrée. Très joli portrait d’Hélios, bien venu à la frappe. Patine grise avec des reflets dorés et bleutés
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête radiée d'Hélios de trois quarts de face à droite.


Reverse description : Rose sur sa tige avec un bouton à droite ; dans le champ à gauche, un harpon renversé.
Reverse legend : RODION/ EU.
Reverse translation : (de Rhodes).

Historical background


(3rd - 2nd century BC)

Rhodes, federal capital, was founded in 408 BC, date of the beginning of coinage. Rhodes was besieged by Demetrius Poliorcetes in 305 BC It was a failure. The Rhodians thanked the protective god by erecting a statue to him at the entrance to the port. Chares of Lindos built the Colossus of Rhodes between 292 and 284 BC It was one of the seven wonders of the world. 33 meters high, it was destroyed by an earthquake in 226 BC. An oracle forbade the Rhodians to rebuild it. Rhodes, an ally of Rome, finally emancipated itself from Seleucid rule after 188 BC.

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