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E-auction 294-214191 - CARIA - CARIAN ISLANDS - RHODES Drachme

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Estimate : 225 €
Price : 133 €
Maximum bid : 190 €
End of the sale : 03 December 2018 14:00:00
bidders : 12 bidders
Type : Drachme
Date: c. 205-189 AC.
Mint name / Town : Atelier incertain, Crète
Metal : silver
Diameter : 15 mm
Orientation dies : 4 h.
Weight : 2,45 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan, centré au droit. Très beau portrait d’Hélios avec les cheveux flottants. Revers bien venu à la frappe, mais légèrement décentré à l’usure importante. Patine grise de collection ancienne, légèrement taché au revers avec un métal cristallisé
Catalogue references :


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


Reverse description : Rose sur sa tige avec un bouton à droite.
Reverse legend : I/ STRATWN.
Reverse translation : (Straton).


Le magistrat Straton est associé à plusieurs symboles : le dauphin (Ashton 335), le caducée (Ashton 336), le caducée et le bucrane (Ashton 337). Sur notre exemplaire, nous ne distinguons pas le symbole associé.

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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