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Live auction - bgr_646921 - CARIA - CARIAN ISLANDS - RHODES Unité

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Estimate : 250 €
Price : 356 €
Maximum bid : 356 €
End of the sale : 27 April 2021 14:28:43
bidders : 4 bidders
Type : Unité
Date: c. 90-20 AC
Mint name / Town : Rhodes, Carie
Metal : copper
Diameter : 34,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 19,71 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Flan large, centré, éclaté à 4h. Usure régulière. Joli portrait d’Hélios. Patine marron
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête radiée d’Hélios de face.


Reverse description : Rose ouverte, le tout dans une couronne de chêne.
Reverse legend : RO / SFAIROS.


C’est la première fois que nous proposons un exemplaire à la vente.

Historical background


(1st century AD)

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. Rhodes remained important during the Roman period, but never regained the role it played in the Hellenistic period.

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