Caria, Rhodes, AR plinthophoric drachm, 88–84 BC, magistrate: Nikephoros. Obv: head of Helios, radiate, r. Rev: NIKHΦOPOΣ; rosebud and ethnic R-O in incuse; in field l., hand holding grain ear. 14mm, 2.81g. Ref: Jenkins, Rhodian, Group E, 249; HGC 6, 1461. Ex Dr. Busso Peus Nachf., auction 297, lot 107 (1979). Rhodian plinthophoroi were with some certainty introduced around 190 BC and continued for a century until the end of the first Mithridatic War in 84 BC. At this point, the reverse design changed to a full-blown rose viewed from above. My drachm thus dates to the very end of the plinthophoric series. The term plinthophoric used to describe this period of Rhodian coinage refers to the characteristic square incuse on the reverse of this series: Greek πλίνθος translates as "brick" or "ingot." Rhodian plinthophoric drachms usually aren't hard to find. Yet, I very much like the toning and style on my example, and it came with a good 1970s pedigree. Please post your Rhodian coins and common but beautiful ancients!