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Arados, Phoenicia, 200 - 190 B.C., Civic Issue in the Types and Name of Alexander the Great
In 259 B.C., Arados increased her autonomy and dominated a federation of nearby cities including Gabala, Karne, Marathos and Simyra. Thus began the era of Aradus, to which the subsequent coins of the city are dated. Arados was not completely independent, however, the Seleukids retained overlordship.
Arados struck Alexandrine tetradrachms with a palm tree left and Phoenician dates from 243 to 205 B.C. and then with Greek dates from 202 to 167 B.C. They were not struck every year.
GS85703. Silver tetradrachm
3390 ff., Mektepini
614 ff.; Duyrat
1270 ff., Cohen Dated
771, gVF, attractive style
double struck, earthen encrustations, Arados (Arwad, Syria
) mint, weight
17.039g, maximum diameter
31.0mm, die axis
, c. 200 - 190 B.C.; obverse head
of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion-scalp headdress; reverse
AΛEΞAN∆POY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, Zeus AŽtophoros seated left, nude to waist, himation
around hips and legs, right leg drawn back, eagle
in extended right hand, long scepter
vertical behind in left hand, palm
tree with two bunches of dates in left field
under arm, AP monogram
under throne, uncertain Greek additive date (60 - 69?) below; $430.00
Catalog current as of Tuesday, April 23, 2019.
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