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E-auction 513-425597 - bgr_812265 - PHOENICIA - ARADOS Douzième de statère

PHOENICIA - ARADOS Douzième de statère VF
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Estimate : 100 €
Price : 26 €
Maximum bid : 37 €
End of the sale : 13 February 2023 14:09:30
bidders : 7 bidders
Type : Douzième de statère
Date: an 13 = 338/7 AC
Mint name / Town : Arados
Metal : silver
Diameter : 9 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 0,57 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie décentrée au droit. Portrait agréable. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête laurée à droite d'une divinité barbue (Baal-Arvad ou Melqart).


Reverse description : Proue de galère à droite voguant sur les flots.

Historical background


(5th - 4th century BC)

Arados or Rouad (Arad) was founded in the 8th century BC by settlers from Sidon. It is quoted in Genesis (X, 18). The exceptional location of the island, 0.4 km2, located three kilometers from the coast of Syria between Latakia and Tripolis made it a strategic location of prime importance. The city was surrounded by a defensive wall also used as a dike against the waves. The port, facing the land, was protected from storms. Arados was in turn tributary to the Egyptians, the Assyrians, then the Persians, but kept local dynasts who remained until the arrival of Alexander the Great. Straton, son of Gerostratos king of Arados, made his submission to the conqueror in 333 BC, delivered his fleet and helped him during the siege of Tyre. He kept his throne.

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