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E-auction 91-46638 - PHOENICIA - ARADOS Statère

PHOENICIA - ARADOS Statère VG/VF
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Estimate : 195 €
Price : 74 €
Maximum bid : 75 €
End of the sale : 12 January 2015 15:01:30
bidders : 11 bidders
Type : Statère
Date: an 13 = 338/7 AC
Mint name / Town : Arados, Phénicie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 21 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 10,47 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale, bien centré. Droit à l’usure prononcée. Joli revers bien venu à la frappe. Patine grise. A été nettoyé anciennement
Catalogue references :

Obverse


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

Reverse


Reverse legend : LETTRES PHÉNICIENNES (MA).
Reverse description : Galère voguant à droite ; au-dessous, les flots.
Reverse translation : “ex Arado”, (d’Arados).

Commentary


Exemplaire avec un visage archaïsant alors que les traces du carré creux ont disparues.

Historical background


PHOENICIA - Arados

(Ve - fourth century BC)

Arados or Rouad (Arad) was founded in the eighth century BC by colonists from Sidon. It is mentioned in Genesis (X, 18). The exceptional situation of the island, 0.4 km2, located three kilometers from the Syrian coast between Latakia and Tripolis was a strategic place of prime importance. The city was surrounded by a defensive wall also used as a dam against the flood. The harbor, facing the earth was protected from storms. Arados turn was dependent round the Egyptians, Assyrians and Persians, but retained local rulers who maintained until the arrival of Alexander the Great. Straton, son of King Gerostratos Arados, made his submission to the conqueror in 333 BC, gave its fleet and helped during the siege of Tyre. He retained his throne.

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