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    Carian Islands, Rhodes. Ca. 230-205 B.C. AR tetradrachm (25 mm, 13.56 g). Radiate head of Helios facing slightly right / Rose, bud to right; ship's stern in left field; magistrate, Ameinias. SNG Keckman 542. Lightly toned, good VF. Wonderful style.
    Ashton mentions that this series of autonomous tetradrachms struck ca. 230-205 was the first to be struck in nearly a century, an enormous series of didrachms having met the needs of the city's economy during the interim (NC 1986, p. 16, b). What prompted this issue seems to have been the massive rebuilding and reconstruction program which followed the great earthquake that destroyed Rhodes in 227/6. To this endeavor Ptolemy III made a gift of 1000 talents in bronze coinage and 300 talents in silver coinage, of which one-third was paid immediately (Polyb. v. 89. 1-2, 3 and 6). It seems certain that Ptolemy's gift was the source of the silver used for this issue of tetradrachms.


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