LYSIMACHUS SILVER TETRADRACHM – SEEMINGLY UNIQUE AND UNPUBLISHED ISSUE LIKELY FROM LYSIMACHEA – AU FINE STYLE NGC GRADED GREEK THRACE COIN (Inv. 13368)
KINGDOM OF THRACE. KING LYSIMACHOS ( LYSIMACHUS ), 305-281 BC
Silver Tetradrachm, 16.55 g.,29 mm. This is a posthumous issue from an uncertain mint, possibly Lysimachea, ca. 260-250 BC.
Obv. Head of deified Alexander the Great right, with the horns of Amon, within a fine dotted border..
Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑXΟΥ, Athena enthroned left, holding a Nike crowning Lysimachos’ name, large lion forepart above ΔΟΙ in left field, ΚΑΛ control monogram in exergue.
NGC graded AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5, FINE STYLE. The large lion forepart used as a control on this emission is quite distinctive and seldom seen on Hellenistic coinage; its presence here suggests that the coin was struck by the city of Lysimachea, whose civic badge was a such a lion and whose later Lysimachi coinage customarily employ a lion’s head as symbol. Coins with this type of the lion forepart are particularly rare: (1) a version with only the lion protome known from about 2-3 specimens; (2) another with the lion protome and an XA control underneath known from a coin sold at Peus 283 (1974), lot 60 and another similar in the Meydancikkale Hoard (no. 2601), and (3) the present example which associates two other controls to the lion protome and is otherwise unknown.