13mm Ancient Coin with Helios


The island of Rhodes, off the southwest coast of Caria (Asia Minor), was one of the principal trading centers of the ancient world. Its political influence in the area, due in large part to its powerful fleet, provided great prosperity for the Rhodians in the 4th through 3rd centuries BC. This success, however, was significantly reduced by the advent of Roman interests and demands in the 2nd century BC. Rhodes was renowned throughout the ancient world for the colossal statue of Helios erected by the sculptor Chares, a student of Lysippos, which stood at the entrance to their harbor. The portrait of Helios appearing on this coin is believed to have been characterized by the features created by Charles for the Colossus of Rhodes. The Greek word for “rose” is rhodon, hence the rose on reverse.

Obv: Radiate head of Helios facing slightly right
Rev: Rose with bud to right; bunch of grapes to left Magistrate name

  • Set in 22k yellow gold, hand made in Bali
  • 20inch, 18k yellow Italian made elongated link cable chain
  • 13mm, 1.3 gram authenticated coin
  • From Ancient Greece
  • 125-88 BC
  • Certificate of authenticity & appraisal provided

While in some instances these items can be special ordered, they will vary in patina, size, texture, and rarity. Each coin in our collection is one of a kind.