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Live auction - bgr_636515 - CARIA - CARIAN ISLANDS - RHODES Drachme

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Starting price : 250 €
Estimate : 400 €
Price : 310 €
Maximum bid : 310 €
End of the sale : 26 January 2021 14:27:24
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Drachme
Date: c. 205-189 AC.
Mint name / Town : Rhodes, Carie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 16 mm
Orientation dies : 11 h.
Weight : 2,80 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Bel exemplaire sur un flan court, idéalement centré des deux côtés. Très joli revers. Patine grise
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de Bertolami, Auction E92


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête d'Hélios (Apollon) de face à droite, les cheveux flottants et tombant.


Reverse description : Rose sur sa tige avec un bouton à droite ; dans le champ à gauche, un papillon.
Reverse legend : R-O/ AINHTWR.
Reverse translation : (Rhodes/ Ainétor).

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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