LYSIMACHUS SILVER TETRADRACHM – SEEMINGLY UNIQUE AND UNPUBLISHED VARIETY FROM A BITHYNIAN MINT – CHOICE AU STAR FINE STYLE NGC GRADED GREEK THRACE COIN (Inv. 16387)
KINGDOM OF THRACE. LYSIMACHUS, 305-281 BC.
Silver Tetradrachm, 16.92 g, 33 mm. Posthumous issue of an uncertain Bithynian mint, ca. late 250s BC.
Obv. Head of deified Alexander the Great right, with the horn of Ammon, H below neck truncation.
Rev. Athena enthroned left, holding Nike crowning Lysimachus’ name, ME control monogram in exterior left field, ΠA control monogram in exergue.
Cf. Marinescu, Cius, issues V and VI, which use the same obverse die (obverse B) coupled to reverses with different controls. This coin should be placed between Marinescu issue IV and V as it shares the same exergue control monogram with issue V and the obverse die appears to be in a less worn state.
NGC graded CHOICE AU STAR, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5, FINE STYLE, “die shift”, struck on a very broad planchet with light golden iridescent highlights, seemingly unique and unpublished.
Published: Vilmar Numismatics, Fixed Price List I, lot 27.
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