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fine silver | 30 mm | 13.6 g
OBV: Rad. head of Helios three-quarter face r.
R: Rose with bud on r. above AETION, RO on lower field.
Rhodian prosperity in Hellenistic times was based primarily on the carrying trade and rested on the strength and efficiency of its fleet. Alexander's conquest of Asia provided unrestricted access to Egypt Cyprus and Phoenicia. Furthermore the partition of Alexander's empire enabled Rhodes to reasset its independence.