KINGS OF THRACE. LYSIMACHOS ( LYSIMACHUS), 323-281 BC.
Gold stater, 8.57 g., 18 mm., a late lifetime or early posthumous emission from the Pella mint, ca. 297-282 BC.
Obv. Diademed head of the deified Alexander with the horn of Ammon.
Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ, Athena enthroned left, holding Nike who crowns royal name, shield propped against throne, AP monogram in left field, K monogram in exergue.
Thompson 253, variety with the K monogram in exergue, and cf as well the corresponding tetradrachm emission with the same control markings, part of the Armenak hoard (Thompson, Armenak 943).
NGC graded CHOICE AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5, FINE STYLE. This exceedingly rare emission, traditionally attributed to Pella by Margaret Thompson, features a primary AP control in left field below Athena’s arm coupled with a supplementary K control, positioned either in outer left field, outer right field or in the exergue as on the present coin. Aside from this specimen, there have been no others offered on the market in the last two decades and indeed there are only two citable specimens of the issue, both of which are struck with the same obverse – one the same variety as the present coin with the K in exergue auctioned at Glendining 4/18/1955, lot 11 (see black and white image) and one with the K in outer left in Paris – Bibliothèque Nationale, Fonds général 78, accessible online at http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b8576566k.r=Fonds%20g%C3%A9n%C3%A9ral%2078%20lysimaque?rk=85837;2. The present coin is far superior to the Glendining specimen of 1955 as well as the other variety in Paris.