Author Topic: Rhodes, AR Hemidrachm, c. 305-275 BC, Ashton 176, SNG Keckman 483-5 (1.71 g)  (Read 46 times)

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Offline Overlord

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Rhodes, AR Hemidrachm, c. 305-275 BC, Ashton 176, SNG Keckman 483-5 (1.71 g, 11 mm)

The obverse of this iconic type features the face of the famous Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The reverse shows a rose, for which the island was named and for which it remains famous even today.

During the middle ages, the head of Helios on the obverse was mistaken for the portrait of Christ in glory, and the rose on the reverse was taken for the Biblical Rose of Sharon. The coins were believed to have been the 30 pieces of silver paid to Judas, miraculously transformed to bear Christís portrait!

Obverse: Head of Helios (sun god) facing slightly right
Reverse: Rose with bud to right; PO to left and Δ above

Offline THCoins

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From an engineering point of view this is a troublesome design with the high chance of the protruding nose getting worn quickly in circulation. Still glad that they struck this and that you got an almost pristine specimen !

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Magnificent coin. Indeed, the medal type relief means the coin can more easily be damaged at the highest point, but for a 2300 year old object, it's no worse than a cold ;)

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