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640291
Sale: CNG 64, Lot: 291. Estimate $1000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2003. 
Sold For $750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ISLANDS off CARIA. Rhodes. Circa 230-205 BC. AR Tetradrachm (13.46 gm). Ameinias, magistrate. Radiate head of Helios facing slightly right / Rose with bud; prow to left, magistrate's name below. SNG Helsinki 542; SNG von Aulock 2799. Good VF. This reverse die, with the unique division of the magistrate's name, appears to be unpublished. ($1000)

R. Ashton, in "Rhodian Bronze Coinage and the Earthquake of 229-226 BC," NumChron 1986, pp. 1-18, links the extensive production of silver coinage under Ameinias to the contributions made to Rhodes by its trading partners to further relief efforts after the horrific earthquake that leveled the city and brought down its famous Colossus.