AR Tetrobol. 2.96g, 12.6mm
MINTED: PHOENICIA, Arados, circa 380-351/0 BC
REF: Sear 5972; HGC 10, 40
OBVERSE: Laureate head of Ba’al-Arwad right.
REVERSE: Galley right above waves; Aramaic M A (mint signature) above.
Very Good/Good. Cleaned, slightly granular surfaces.
An affordable and interesting silver issue.
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 . 380-350 BC . AR Tetrobol . Head of Ba'al-Arwad / Galley
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