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Live auction - bgr_735321 - CARIA - CARIAN ISLANDS - RHODES Drachme

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Estimate : 800 €
Price : 390 €
Maximum bid : 390 €
End of the sale : 07 June 2022 14:27:40
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Drachme
Date: c. 84-30 AC.
Mint name / Town : Rhodes, Carie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,26 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Flan ovale, centré des deux côtés. Joli portrait d’Hélios. Revers finement détaillé. La monnaie a conservé son coupant d’origine. Patine grise avec de légers reflets dorés
Catalogue references :


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


Reverse description : Rose en bouton, vu de face sur sa tige vue à gauche ; au-dessous, un épi de blé à droite ; grènetis circulaire.
Reverse legend : R-O.
Reverse translation : (de Rhodes).

Historical background


(2nd - 1st century BC)

After the Peace of Apamea in 188 BC, Rhodes regained its independence. The island experienced twenty years of prosperity until the Romans proclaimed Delos a free port in 167 BC after the defeat of Perseus, king of Macedonia. The Rhodian fleet had supported the Macedonian king. Rhodian trade declined after this date. In 88 BC after the massacre of 80,000 Romans and Italians in Asia Minor, Mithridates VI, king of Pontus besieged Rhodes, without success.

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