AE18. 3.09g, 18.4mm
MINTED: PHOENICIA, Arados, CY 124 (136/135 BC)
REF: HGC 10, 90; SNG Cop 69
OBVERSE: Jugate heads Zeus, laureate, and Astarte, veiled, right.
REVERSE: Prow of galley left; Phoenician inscription above and year 124 below.
Very Fine. Very dark brown patina with earthen fill highlighting devices. A nice, eye-appealing example of the type.
Arados was an ancient Phoenician city that existed as early as 15th century BC, as a vassal-state of the Egyptian kingdom. It possessed a large fleet of ships, enjoyed an enviable position along an important sea route, and was situated on a heavily fortified island. During the Greco-Persian wars (499-449 BC), Arados supported the Persians, and they sent ships in support of Xerxes I at the Battle of Salamis in 480 BC. When Alexander the Great of Macedonia fought against the Persian Empire, however, the Aradian king turned against them and fought on the side of Alexander when he beseiged nearby Tyre. After the death of Alexander, Arados came under the control of the Seleukid Empire, and remained so until the annexation of Syria by the Romans under Pompey the Great around 64 BC.
PHOENICIA, Arados . 136/135 BC . AE18 . Jugate heads of Zeus & Astarte
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