THRACE, Kingdom of

Lysimachos, 306-281 BC

AR Tetradrachm. 16.78g, 29mm

MINTED: Lampsakos mint, 297-281 BC

REF: Thompson 47; Müller 401; SNG France 2540–2542

OBVERSE: Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, wearing horn of Ammon.

REVERSE: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ - ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ, Athena Nikephoros seated left, arm resting on shield, spear in background; HP monogram to inner left, crescent in exergue.


Very Fine. Artistic portrait of the deified Alexander the Great struck in high relief. This series of coins were struck by Lysimachos in an effort to promote his connection with the great conqueror, and they arguably give us the most accurate numismatic portrait of the man. The ram's horn worn by Alexander signifies his divinity as the son of the Egyptian god Ammon. A simply stunning and historic coin!


Historical Notes:

Lysimachos was one of the diadochi, or successors, of Alexander the Great.  After Alexander's death in 323 BC, his vast empire was carved up by his generals and officers, with Lysimachos given rule over Thrace and its warlike tribes.  Lysimachos's personal badge was the lion; he was known to have accompanied Alexander on lion hunts, and was said to have once even killed a lion with his bare hands.

In 301 BC, Lysimachos in concert with Seleukos I Nikator defeated Antigonos the One-Eyed, a fellow diadochi, becoming king over much of Antigonos's possessions in Asia Minor.  From 288-281 BC, he also became King of Macedon, ruling jointly with Pyrrhos of Epeiros.  In 281 BC, an aged Lysimachos went to war against an equally old Seleukos.  At the Battle of Corupedium, he was defeated and killed at the age of 80. 

THRACE, Kingdom of . Lysimachos, 306-281 BC . AR Tetradrachm . Deified Alexander

SKU: 579
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