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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, Carian Islands, c. 205 - 189 B.C.

|Rhodos|, |Rhodos,| |Carian| |Islands,| |c.| |205| |-| |189| |B.C.||hemidrachm|
This is only the 2nd specimen of this type known to FORVM - the other specimen on the Tinia Numismatica website (click the link), is incorrectly referenced and dated as the later plinthophoric type. This may be a pseudo Rhodian type struck in Greece.
GS98446. Silver hemidrachm, Unpublished; cf. BMC Caria p. 255, 281 (same name, plinthophoric drachm); SNG Keckman I 588 (similar, magistrate APIΣAKOΣ), VF, toned, porous, obverse off center, weight 1.068 g, maximum diameter 11.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, c. 205 - 189 B.C.; obverse head of Helios facing slightly left, hair floating loosely; reverse rose with bud to right, ΞENOΦANTOΣ (magistrate) above, P-O (Rhodos) across field divided by stem, caduceus (control symbol) left; from the Michael Arslan Collection; extremely rare; $180.00 SALE PRICE $144.00


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Rhodos, Carian Islands

|Rhodos|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |A.D.,| |Rhodos,| |Carian| |Islands||AE| |20|
After surrendering its independence to Rome, Rhodes became a cultural and educational center for Roman noble families and was especially noted for its teachers of rhetoric, such as Hermagoras and the unknown author of Rhetorica ad Herennium. At first, the state was an important ally of Rome and enjoyed numerous privileges, but these were later lost in various machinations of Roman politics. Cassius eventually invaded the island and sacked the city. In the early Imperial period Rhodes became a favorite place for political exiles. Early in the 1st century A.D., the Tiberius spent a brief term of exile on Rhodes. Saint Paul brought Christianity to people on the island. Rhodes reached her zenith in the 3rd century.
RP110269. Bronze AE 20, BMC Caria p. 270, 419; SNG Keckman I 786; SNGvA 2861; SNG Cop 910; SNG Hunt I 1897; SNG Mn 692; SNG Tb 610; Weber 6767; RPC Online IV.2 T925, Choice aVF, broad flan, green patina, red earthen deposits, scratches, weight 4.676 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, Aug 138 - 7 Mar 161 A.D.; obverse KAICAP - ANTΩNINOC (clockwise from upper right), laureate head right; reverse PO∆I-ΩN (clockwise from upper right), Radiate head of Helios right; ex Naville Numismatics auction 60 (27 Sept. 2022) , lot 134; ex NAC auction 100 (29 May 2017), lot 1260; $140.00 SALE PRICE $126.00


Rhodos, Carian Islands, c. 88 - 43 B.C.

|Rhodos|, |Rhodos,| |Carian| |Islands,| |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


Knidos, Caria, c. 210 - 185 B.C.

|Kindos|, |Knidos,| |Caria,| |c.| |210| |-| |185| |B.C.||didrachm|
The ancient Carian city of Knidos, near modern Tekir, Turkey, was described by Strabo as "built for the most beautiful of goddesses, Aphrodite, on the most beautiful of peninsulas." The legendary Aphrodite of Praxiteles, one of the most beautiful sculptures of antiquity, once graced her temple at Knidos. It has perished, but late copies exist, of which the most faithful is in the Vatican Museums. A fine seated statue of Demeter and a colossal figure of a lion found there are in the British Museum.
GS86557. Silver didrachm, SNG Cop 318, Imhoof-Blumer Karische 32, Waddington 2312, SNG Keckman -, SNGvA -, SNG Kayhan -, SNG Mn -, SNG Tb -, SNG Mugla -, BMC Caria -, aEF, toned, tight flan typical for the type, encrustations, light corrosion, edge cracks, weight 5.531 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 0o, Knidos (near Tekir, Turkey) mint, magistrate Agephon..., c. 210 - 185 B.C.; obverse head of Helios facing slightly right; reverse forepart of roaring lion right, club to left, KNI∆ION above, AΓEΦΩN (magistrate) below; from the David Cannon Collection, ex Beast Coins; rare; SOLD


Rhodos, Carian Islands, c. 304 - 275 B.C.

|Rhodos|, |Rhodos,| |Carian| |Islands,| |c.| |304| |-| |275| |B.C.||didrachm|
Helios was the ancient 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.
SH58956. Silver didrachm, Ashton Rhodes 160, SNG Keckman 461, SNG Cop 730, gF, weight 5.954 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, c. 304 - 275 B.C.; obverse head of Helios facing slightly right; reverse PO∆ION, rose with bud right, jug and EY (control symbols) left; toned and of fine style; SOLD







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