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Live auction - bgr_543009 - CARIA - CARIAN ISLANDS - RHODES Didrachme

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Estimate : 520 €
Price : 340 €
Maximum bid : 350 €
End of the sale : 30 July 2019 14:17:09
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Didrachme
Date: c. 250 AC.
Mint name / Town : Rhodes, Carie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 18,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 6,28 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan ovale un peu court au droit. Belle tête d’Apollon. Joli revers de style fin bien venu à la frappe. Patine grise superficielle avec des reflets dorés
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stok CGB


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 astre à huit rais centrés.
Reverse legend : RODION/ DI.
Reverse translation : (de Rhodes).


Semble de mêmes coins que l’exemplaire de l’American Numismatic Society (ANS, Ashton, NC. 149, p. 3, n° 38, pl. 2.Ce coin de droit est lié sept coins de revers (R/ 31 et 37) et à deux coins de revers de la série avec bonnet des Dioscures et étoile (R/ 40 et 41).

Historical background


(III - II century BC)

Rhodes, the federal capital, was founded in 408 BC, the date of minting. Rhodes was besieged by Demetrius Poliorcetes in 305 BC It was a failure. The Rhodians thanked the patron god raising a statue at the entrance of 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 prohibited Rhodians to rebuild. Rhodes, an ally of Rome, finally emancipated the Seleucid guardianship after 188 BC.

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