Tetradrachm of Rhodes (reverse)

Anonymevers 230-188 av. J.-C.

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon

This silver tetradrachm, struck on the island of Rhodes between 230 and 188 BC, is a fine example of ancient Greek coinage. On the reverse, a stylized three-petaled rose occupies the central space, while a flower bud unfolds on a stem to the right.

The Greek name of the island, “rodion” meaning rose, is inscribed above the flower. To the left, associated with that symbol of the island, the bow of a ship recalls the maritime role that Rhodes played. Beneath the flowers is the name of the official in charge of striking coins for the city at that time—Ameinias. According to legend, the sea nymph Rhode—one of Poseidon's daughters—was there when the island emerged from the sea. Helios, the Greek god of the sun, was dazzled by this beauty emerging from the waves. He made her his wife and became the island’s protector. Helios is also represented on the right-hand side of this coin.

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  • Title: Tetradrachm of Rhodes (reverse)
  • Creator: Anonyme
  • Date Created: vers 230-188 av. J.-C.
  • Location Created: Grèce, îles de Carie - Rhodes
  • Provenance: Lyon, France
  • Medium: Silver