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    Second Pedigreed Rhodian Tetradrachm

    CARIAN ISLANDS. Rhodes. Ca. 404-385 BC. AR tetradrachm (23mm, 15.23 gm, 12h). NGC AU ★ 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style. Head of Helios facing slightly right, hair arrayed in radiating waves / POΔION, Rose with single bud to left, Φ to right above wreath, all within deep incuse square. HGC 6, 1418. Bérend,  SNR 51 (1972), 40 (this coin). Ashton 35; Hecatomnus Hoard 69a (this coin). Rare, with a superb, iconic image of Helios of fine style, struck in high relief, with a splendid deep iridescent tone.


    Ex SF Collection (Nomos 3, 10 May 2011), lot 139 (realized $54,600 hammer); Millennia Collection (Goldberg 46, 26 May 2008), lot 45; Guermantes Collection (Leu 86, 5 May 2003), lot 411; originally from the Marmaris Hoard of 1970 (IGCH 1209).

    The city of Rhodes on its eponymous island was a relatively late foundation, formed in 408 BC by the union of Ialussus, Camirus and Lindus. Its strategic position on an island between Europe and Asia Minor assured its prosperity and growing importance as a naval power. The citizens chose as their patron deity Helios, god of the sun, whose rays shone down with such alluring brilliance year-round on the island. This superb coin actually predates the construction of the city's most famous landmark, the Colossus of Rhodes, a towering stature of Helios that stood alongside the harbor.




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