Phoenicia, Arados Stater

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  1. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Here's my Phoenicia, Arados Gerashtart (Gerostratos). Circa 339/8-after 332 BC. A real nice Stater, 22 x 15 mm, 10.4 g., 10 h.
    Dated RY 5 (336/5 BC).
    Obverse: Head of Ba'al-Arwad right, wearing laurel wreath.
    Reverse: Galley right, (Pataikos on prow), above waves; [M] A G and date (all in Phoenician) above. It's thick.
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  3. Parthicus

    Parthicus Well-Known Member

    Awesome! I like these pre-Alexander Phoenician coins, the designs are interesting and they're satisfyingly thick (and not overly concerned with being perfectly round). They definitely hark back to the idea of a coin as a convenient lump of valuable metal with a recognized stamp on it to guarantee weight and purity. Here's my example, picked up a couple of years ago:
    Arados stater.jpg
  4. Andres2

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  5. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    It's a great coint to have in my ancient collection.
  6. Terence Cheesman

    Terence Cheesman Supporter! Supporter

    For some years I have tried to get one of these coins and I was lucky enough to do so last year. They are very difficult to get even remotely nice. Most other years it would have made my top ten but last year was just that kind of year. Arados Ar stater 380-350 BC Obv Head of Ba'al Arwad bearded in archaic style right. Rv Galley right above stylized waves HGC 28 10.92 grms 20 mm more or less. Photo by W. Hansen arados4.jpg This is another one of those coins that I try to find an example where both sides need to be more or less decent. That makes the coin very tough to purchase.
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    Last edited: Jan 16, 2021
  7. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Mine only has one decent side, and even then it's not perfect.

    Phoenicia Arados - AR Shekel Galley 2250.jpg
    PHOENICIA, Arados
    AR Shekel. 10.48g, 23.8mm (max). Circa 420-400 BC. E&E-A Group III.1.1, C13; HGC 10, 29. O: Laureate head of Ba’al-Arwad right. R: Galley right, Pataikos on prow, above waves; M A (in Aramaic) above.
  8. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    That ship and the waves are great on your coin.
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  9. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    PHAT! @Collecting Nut !

    AE20 7g
    76 BCE
    Turret hd Tyche palm branch -
    Galley prow volute aphlaston at stern Phoenican letters
    BMC 26
    Ex: @Bing

    Tyre, Phoenicia
    1/16 shekel
    10mm 0.47g
    hippocamp l over waves -
    owl with crook flail
    Sear Greek 5916.BMC Tyre 43 5th-4th BCE
    Ex: @Valentinian
  10. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I really liked the balance on mine a lot but it came at the price of the waves. Round coins tend to lose the chin or ends of the ship. Legends are important. It is hard to get one coin with everything even half decent.
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