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640289
Sale: CNG 64, Lot: 289. Estimate $300. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2003. 
Sold For $525. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ISLANDS off CARIA. Rhodes. Circa 304-275 BC. AR Drachm (6.41 gm). Radiate head of Helios right / Rose with bud to right; EY and cornucopiae left. Ashton, Colossus, 8; SNG Helsinki 474; SNG Copenhagen 734. Lightly toned VF. ($300)

The profile head of Helios is quite different from the usual facing heads and can safely be taken as a representation of the head of the famous Colossus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, which was under construction at the time this coin was struck.