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Silver Stater of Rhodes - FJ.6104
Origin: Turkey
Circa: 400 BC to 300 BC

Catalogue: V25
Collection: Greek Coin Rings
Medium: Silver, Gold

Additional Information: SOLD
Location: United States
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This silver stater is mounted in an 18 karat gold ring

The island of Rhodes is one of the most beautiful places in the Mediterranean. At the time of the minting of this lovely coin, Rhodes was a vibrant commercial center, with five harbors ideally suited to commercial trade. Its cities were famous for their elegance and prosperity, attracting the most sophisticated minds throughout the centuries, including the Roman orator Cicero. Having defeated the Macedonian tyrant Demetrius 1 after a year long siege (305- 4), the Rhodians used the proceeds from the sale of his war engines to build the Colossus, a 33 meter tan statue of their patron god Helios. This statue became one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is this splendid god, the sun deity, we see on this silver stater. Helios is portrayed as a young man of very great beauty, his head surrounded by rays of light which gave him a mass of golden hair. His gaze is penetrating and compassionate, looking down upon the earth with a gentle warmth. On this gorgeous coin Helios represents an that is good-prosperity, health, and joy, radiating from the ancient silver a power of its own, certain to bring good fortune to its owner.
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