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Helios

Helios was imagined as a handsome Sun god crowned with the shining aureole of the sun, who drove the chariot of the sun across the sky each day to earth-circling Oceanus and through the world-ocean returned to the East at night. Helios is sometimes identified with Apollo. Greek poets never described Apollo driving the chariot of the sun, but it was common practice for Latin poets. Worship of Helios (and later Sol) was sometimes considered a cult in conflict with traditional worship.

Rhodos, Caria, c. 88 - 84 B.C.

|Rhodos|, |Rhodos,| |Caria,| |c.| |88| |-| |84| |B.C.|, |AE| |28|
This type is from an emergency issue struck, c. 88 - 84 B.C., when Rhodes was under siege by Mithradates VI. They probably replaced the Jenkins Plinthophoric group E silver drachms due to a shortage of silver. Ashton suggests these large bronzes are likely thihemiobols or light-weight diobols.
SL65231. Bronze AE 28, Ashton Siege 141-146; SNG Keckman 731 ff. var., SNG Cop 851 var., BMC Caria 312 var., SNGvA 2834 var. (all var. control symbols), NGC XF, strike 4/5, surface 2/5 (2490386-002), weight 18.111 g, maximum diameter 28.3 mm, die axis 315o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, c. 88 - 84 B.C.; obverse radiate head of Helios right; reverse rose in incuse square, small tendril on each side of stem, diagonal thunderbolt (control symbol) left, owl on palm frond (control symbol) right, P - O flanking stem; interesting large bronze!; ex Gorny & Mosch auction 169 (12 Oct 2008), lot 760; NGC| Lookup; $350.00 SALE |PRICE| $315.00 ON RESERVE


Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D., Caesarea, Cappadocia

|Cappadocia|, |Commodus,| |March| |or| |April| |177| |-| |31| |December| |192| |A.D.,| |Caesarea,| |Cappadocia|, |didrachm|
Mount Erciyes (Argaios to the Greeks, Argaeus to the Romans) is a massive stratovolcano 25 km to the south of Kayseri (ancient Caesarea) in Turkey. The highest mountain in central Anatolia, with its summit reaching 3,916 meters (12,848 ft). It may have erupted as recently as 253 B.C., as may be depicted on Roman era coins. Strabo wrote that the summit was never free from snow and that those few who ascended it reported seeing both the Black Sea to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the south in days with a clear sky.
RP87685. Silver didrachm, cf. RPC IV Online 10073; Metcalf Cappadocia 146a; SNGvA 6441; SNG Cop 250 var. (legends); Sydenham Cappadocia Supp. 370a var. (same); BMC Galatia -, aVF, frosty porous surfaces, bumps and marks, tine edge split, reverse legend ending in exergue is obscure, weight 3.343 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 0o, Cappadocia, Caesarea (Kayseri, Turkey) mint, COS III, 181 - 182 A.D.; obverse AYT M AYPH KOMO - ANTΩNINOC C, laureate head right; reverse UΠATOC Γ - ΠAT ΠA-[TP...(?)], Mount Argaios with rocks and trees, surmounted by Helios standing left on summit, globe in his right hand, long scepter in left hand; $100.00 SALE |PRICE| $90.00
 


Rhodos, Caria, c. 88 - 43 B.C.

|Rhodos|, |Rhodos,| |Caria,| |c.| |88| |-| |43| |B.C.|, |trihemidrachm|
Helios was the Greek personification of the sun. Each day he drove the chariot of the sun across the sky. The Colossus of Rhodes, the sixth of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was a huge statue of Helios measuring 32 meters (100 feet) high, built at Rhodes in 280 B.C. Rhodes held annual gymnastic games in honor of Helios.
GS03603. Silver trihemidrachm, SNGvA 2836 variety, EF, weight 4.17 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 270o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, c. 88 - 43 B.C.; obverse radiate head of Helios three-quarter facing to right, hair loose; reverse open rose, magistrate P-O, magistrate's name ΦAINAΛAΣ; mint luster, golden toning with iridescent blue in some recesses; SOLD







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