250-200 BC AR Didrachm NGC MS 5/5 - 4/5

$2,500.00 USD


CARIAN ISLANDS. Rhodes. Ca. 250-200 BC. AR didrachm (21mm, 6.83 gm, 11h). Aristokritos, magistrate. Radiate head of Helios facing slightly to right /  ΑΡΙΣΤΟΚΡΙΤΟΣ above Rose with bud to left; below, Ρ Ο flanking stem, aphlaston to left. Ashton 219. BMC 138. SNG Keckman 546. Deeply struck in bright metal from dies of attractive style. RARE this nice.

The Greek historian Herodotus recorded that Carians themselves believed to be aborigines of Caria but they were also, by general consensus of ancient sources, a maritime people before being gradually pushed inland. Plutarch mentions the Carians as being referred to as "cocks" by the Persians on account of their wearing crests on their helmets; the epithet was expressed in the form of a Persian privilege when a Carian soldier responsible for killing Cyrus the Younger was rewarded by Artaxerxes II (r. 405/404–359/358 BC) with the honor of leading the Persian army with a golden cock on the point of his spear.

 The ancient practice for minting coins consisted of using an oven for heating blanks or "flans," tongs for handling hot flans, a table or bench on which an anvil was mounted, and a pair of dies struck with a heavy hammer to impress the design into the flan.

Additional Rarity: A CARIAN ISLANDS. Rhodes. Ca. 404-385 BC. AR tetradrachm. NGC AU ★ 5/5 - 5/5 sold at auction on January 9, 2018 for $40,800.