LYSIMACHUS SILVER TETRADRACHM – RARE ISSUE WITH CIVIC INSCRIPTION IN THE NAME OF THE CHALCEDONIANS – VF NGC GRADED GREEK BITHYNIA COIN (Inv. 8582)
BITHYNIA. CHALCEDON, ca. 260-250 BC
Silver Tetradrachm using the types of King Lysimachus ( Lysimachos ) of Thrace, 16.93 g., 30 mm.
Obv. Head of deified Alexander the Great right, with the horn of Amon, dotted border around.
Rev. KAΛXA-ΔΟΝΙΩΝ, Athena enthroned left, holding a Nike crowning Lysimachus’ name,monogram in left field, spiral ornament on throne and a grain ear in exergue.
NGC graded VF, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5, a RARE MAJOR VARIANT in the Lysimachus series, the only one combining royal figural types with a civic legend. Marinescu, Chalcedon issue 4, cat. no. 10 (same dies), the only other recorded specimen from these dies is in the Silifke Museum in Turkey. Regarding this highly unusual emission, which appears at the beginning of Chalcedon’s extensive “spiral emissions”, Marinescu writes: “This overt expression of civic pride is unique for the entire corpus of Lysimachi of both Bosporan cities – it never occurs at Byzantium and at Chalcedon it is quickly abandoned after this issue. ” Marinescu issue 4 lists some 10 specimens and a few more have appeared on the market since then (including this specimen), bringing the total to some 15 specimens in all. Of these several are in public institutions such as the American Numismatic Society, and the British Museum.