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Gold Stater of Thrace, minted under Lysimachos

The coin’s obverse carries the deceased and deified striking portrait of Alexander the Great, crowned by the horns of Zeus-Ammon.

Hellenistic Period, 286–282 BC

Extremely Fine / Superbe AU 8.60g

Gold Stater of Thrace, minted under Lysimachos

Hellenistic Period, 286–282 BC

Extremely Fine / Superbe AU 8.60g

 

Minted at the heart of Macedon late in Lysimachos’s life, to celebrate his wresting of the kingdom from the grasp of Demetrios I ‘Poliorketēs’ (‘The Besieger’), this is a rare coin of beautiful style. One of Alexander the Great’s Diadochoi (‘Successors’), and a decorated general of his eastern campaigns, Lysimachos became King of Thrace in 306 BC, of Asia Minor in 301, and of Macedon in 287, short­ly before his death in 281 at the Battle of Koroupedion. On taking Macedon, Lysimachos wasted no time reasserting his close association with Alexander: the coin’s obverse carries the deceased and deified general’s striking portrait with its strong brow and nose, piercing gaze, and leonine mane of hair crowned by the horns of the god Zeus-Ammon. The reverse inscription — flanking a seated Athēna, resting fresh from battle and holding in her hand a Nikē (Winged Victory) who reaches out to crown Lysimachos’s name — declares his kingship (ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ, ‘of the king Lysimachos’).

Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection. Privately purchased from Tradart, Dec 2007.

Published: BL 45, 94.

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