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E-auction 352-265241 - PHOENICIA - ARADOS Tiers de statère

PHOENICIA - ARADOS Tiers de statère VF
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Estimate : 120 €
Price : 41 €
Maximum bid : 77 €
End of the sale : 13 January 2020 14:02:30
bidders : 7 bidders
Type : Tiers de statère
Date: c. 380-350 AC.
Mint name / Town : Arados, Phénicie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 14 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 3,06 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan, décentré au revers. Patine de collection ancienne
Catalogue references :


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


Reverse legend : LETTRES PHÉNICIENNES (M A).
Reverse description : Galère voguant à droite ; au-dessous, les flots.


Poids léger. Ce type semble plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux.

Historical background


(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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