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Live auction - bgr_479559 - PHOENICIA - ARADOS Tiers de statère

PHOENICIA - ARADOS Tiers de statère AU
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Estimate : 720 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 10 April 2018 14:13:14
Type : Tiers de statère
Date: c. 430-410 AC.
Mint name / Town : Arados, Phénicie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 13,50 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 3,33 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan ovale bien centré des deux côtés. Très joli droit bien venu à la frappe. Revers de haut relief. Belle patine de collection ancienne
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : Monstre marin masculin aquiforme (Dragon ichthyomorphe), tenant un dauphin dans chaque main ; grènetis circulaire perlé.
Obverse translation : “ex Arado”, (d’Arados).


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Galère (avec un rang de rameurs) voguant à droite dans un carré perlé.


C’est l’une des toutes premières monnaies d’Arados.

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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