LYSIMACHUS GOLD STATER – EXTREMELY RARE SIGNED “BUTTING BULL” EMISSION OF CHALCEDON – CHOICE AU NGC GRADED GREEK BITHYNIA COIN (Inv. 14152)
KINGDOM OF THRACE. KING LYSIMACHOS ( LYSIMACHUS ) (305-281 BC)
Gold Stater, 8.43 g., 19 mm. This is a posthumous issue of Chalcedon, ca. 200 BC.
Obv. Head of deified Alexander the Great right, with the horn of Amon.
Rev. Athena enthroned left, holding a Nike crowning Lysimachos’ name, EK control monogram in left field, butting bull and ΘPA in exergue.
Marinescu, Making and Spending Money along the Bosporus.: the Lysimachi Coinages Minted by Byzantium and Chalcedon and their Socio-Cultural Context, unrecorded issue that is part of the “butting bull” gold emissions of Chalcedon. Unlike most of the other “butting bull” issues which simply show the bull symbol in the exergue, this piece features the supplementary letters ΘPA to the right of the animal. These letters are likely an early attempt to fully spell out an official’s name (Thrasimedes ?) on the coinage, anticipating a practice that is seen on Chalcedon’s silver coinage produced around 150 BC.
NGC graded AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 1/5, “tooling” (the “tooling” affects the details of the horn and some of the hair curls).