RHODES – Colossus of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes was a 30 meter tall bronze statue of the Greek sun god Helios, erected about 280 BC to guard the entrance to the harbor of the Mediterranean island of Rhodes. The project was commissioned by the Rhodian sculptor Chares of Lindos.The construction of the Colossus took 12 years and was finished in 282 BC. For years, the statue stood at the harbor entrance, until a strong earthquake hit Rhodes about 226 BC. The city was badly damaged, and the Colossus was broken at its weakest point — the knee. The Rhodians received an immediate offer from Ptolemy III Eurgetes of Egypt to cover all restoration costs for the toppled monument. However, an oracle was consulted and forbade the re-erection. Ptolemy’s offer was declined. For almost a millennium, the statue laid broken in ruins. In AD 654, the Arabs invaded Rhodes. They disassembled the remains of the broken Colossus and sold them to a Jew from Syria.

Release Dates

2004, 2009, 2014, 2016

Features

  • Coin Alloy Name: brass
  • Coin Alloy Color: gold
  • Coin Diameter: 31
  • Coin Thickness: 2,25
  • Coin Edge: serrated, fine with script
  • City: RHODES
  • Country: Greece
  • Available: yes
  • Location: RHODES, Greece