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Live auction - bgr_440940 - PHOENICIA - ARADOS Statère

PHOENICIA - ARADOS Statère AU
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Estimate : 750 €
Price : 460 €
Maximum bid : 460 €
End of the sale : 12 September 2017 14:34:43
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Statère
Date: an 13 = 338/7 AC
Mint name / Town : Arados, Phénicie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 19,5 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 10,53 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire de qualité exceptionnelle sur un flan ovale et irrégulier bien centré des deux côtés. Belle tête de Melqart finement détaillée. Galère bien venue à la frappe. Belle patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets dorés
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire a été acquis en mai 1993 et provient de Conseils Placements

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 avec la Pataikos ; au-dessous, les flots.
Reverse translation : “ex Arado”, (d’Arados).

Commentary


La galère est particulièrement bien visible avec sept rameurs et un pilote.

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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