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Ancient Coins of Rhodos, Carian Islands

Rhodes was an important slave-trading center, best known for The Colossus of Rhodes. 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. but destroyed by an earthquake later in that century. It has inspired many later sculptures including the Statue of Liberty.

Rhodos, Carian Islands, 188 - 84 B.C.

|Rhodos|, |Rhodos,| |Carian| |Islands,| |188| |-| |84| |B.C.||AE| |15|
In 190 B.C. a fleet from Rhodes defeated the Seleucid fleet under command of the fugitive Carthaginian general Hannibal. Rhodes was rewarded with territory and enhanced status, but clearly Rome now ruled the world and autonomy was dependent upon good relations. Those good graces evaporated in the wake of the Third Macedonian War. Rhodes had remained scrupulously neutral, but some Senators felt she had been too friendly with the defeated King Perseus. Some even proposed declaring war. In 164, Rhodes became a permanent ally of Rome, ending an independence that no longer had meaning. It was said that the Romans ultimately turned against the Rhodians because the islanders were the only people they had encountered who were more arrogant than themselves.
GB99139. Bronze AE 15, SNG Cop 797; BMC Caria p. 250, 225; SNG Keckman 725 ff. var. (various controls in lower fields); HGC 6 1475 (S), VF, green patina, light earthen deposits, small edge chips, weight 1.950 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, 188 - 84 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse rose superimposed on solar disk with top of disk and rays rising above, bud on each side, P-O flanking in lower fields, no visible controls; scarce; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


Rhodos, Carian Islands, c. 340 - 250 B.C.

|Rhodos|, |Rhodos,| |Carian| |Islands,| |c.| |340| |-| |250| |B.C.||tetradrachm|
SH30392. Silver tetradrachm, SNG Cop 727, SNG Keckman -, gVF, weight 14.739 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, obverse radiate head of Helios facing slightly right; reverse POΔION, rose with bud right, E (control letter) in right field, all within incuse square; sculptural high-relief; very rare; SOLD


Rhodos, Carian Islands, c. 229 - 205 B.C.

|Rhodos|, |Rhodos,| |Carian| |Islands,| |c.| |229| |-| |205| |B.C.||tetradrachm|
Perhaps this coin did not immediately catch your eye? Of course you are looking at a photograph. You may have seen many similar fine drachms. In hand, though, it is immediately clear that this is not a drachm but rather the much larger tetradrachm - and in extraordinary sculptural high relief !
SH30332. Silver tetradrachm, SNG Keckman 548, SNG Cop -, Choice aEF, weight 13.403 g, maximum diameter 26.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, c. 229 - 205 B.C.; obverse radiate head of Helios facing slightly right; reverse POΔI-ON, rose with bud right, thunderbolt (control symbol) left, magistrate's name ΕYKPATΗΣ above; sculptural high-relief, fine style, light toning and a broad flan, ex CNG; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Perseus, 179 - 168 B.C., Pseudo-Rhodian Coinage

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Perseus,| |179| |-| |168| |B.C.,| |Pseudo-Rhodian| |Coinage||drachm|
Richard Ashton has attributed this type to a mint in Thessaly striking during the third Macedonian war for Perseus to pay the 3,000 or more Cretan mercenaries in his army. Rhodian coinage, including locally struck imitatives, circulated in quantity on Crete and the type would have been preferred method of payment for Cretan mercenaries.
SH58549. Silver drachm, Ashton Pseudo-Rhodian Mainland pp. 29 - 30, Larissa Hoard p. 241 (N. Greece), SNG Keckman 793 - 795 (Thessaly), SNG Cop suppl. 358 (Peraea Rodia), EF, rose toning on luster, weight 2.675 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain Thessaly mint, magistrate Hermias, c. 171 - 170 B.C.; obverse head of Helios facing slightly right; reverse ΕPMIAΣ (magistrate), rose, with bud right, I - Ω flanking stem; a beautiful coin!; SOLD


Mylasa, Caria, c. 167 - 130 B.C.

|Mylasa|, |Mylasa,| |Caria,| |c.| |167| |-| |130| |B.C.||drachm|
Mylas is an ancient city on the coast of southwestern Turkey. They traded and did business with the people of Rhodes. "The Pseudo-Rhodian Drachms of Mylasa" by Richard Ashton in Numismatic Chronicle 1992 catalogs and discusses a hoard of very similar drachms attributed to Mylasa. His coin number 274 (and others) shares the same obverse die with our coin. This reverse and the control marks on this example were missing from that hoard and from the many references examined by Forum.
GS97273. Silver drachm, Pseudo-Rhodian; cf. Ashton Mylasa 274 (same obv. die - A98, Π-E / Δ-Δ); BMC Caria p. 249, 211 ff. (controls); SNG Cop 922 ff. (same), gVF, toned, slightest porosity, weight 1.837 g, maximum diameter 14.5 mm, die axis 0o, Mylasa (Mylas, Turkey) mint, c. 167 - 130 B.C.; obverse head of Helios facing (not radiate), eagle with wings closed standing right in front of right cheek; reverse rose on stem with branch and bud on both sides, Π-A / Δ-Δ (magistrates or controls) flanking across field divided by flower and stem; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 92 (2 Aug 2020), lot 290; rare variant; SOLD


Mylasa, Caria, c. 170 - 130 B.C.

|Mylasa|, |Mylasa,| |Caria,| |c.| |170| |-| |130| |B.C.||drachm|
Mylas is an ancient city on the coast of southwestern Turkey. They traded and did business with the people of Rhodes. "The Pseudo-Rhodian Drachms of Mylasa" by Richard Ashton in Numismatic Chronicle 1992 catalogs and discusses a hoard of very similar drachms attributed to Mylasa. The control marks on this example were missing from that hoard.

Ex William Turner Collection. William Turner (1792 - 1867), British diplomat of the early 19th century, authored his interesting and opinionated Journal of a Tour in Levante (1820) describing his adventures in the area. This specimen was obtained by Turner in the course of his travels (1812 - 1817).
GS70822. Silver drachm, Pseudo-Rhodian Drachm; SNG Tb 3638, Ashton Mylasa -, SNG Keckman -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, SNG Mugla -, BMC Caria -, aVF, weight 2.056 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, die axis 0o, Mylasa mint, c. 170 - 130 B.C.; obverse head of Helios facing (not radiate), eagle with wings closed standing right in front of right cheek; reverse rose on stem with branch and bud on both sides, Π - E / A - M flanking across the field; ex Heritage Auctions 231407, lot 64054; from Alex G. Malloy Auction XLIV 126; ex William Turner Collection; rare variant; SOLD







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