KINGS of THRACE. Lysimachos.
|CNG 85, Lot: 262. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $950. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
305-281 BC. AR Tetradrachm (30mm, 17.06 g, 2h). Uncertain mint. Struck early 3rd century BC. Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, with horn of Ammon / Athena Nikephoros seated left, left arm resting on shield, spear behind; monogram (secondary control) to inner left, monogram (primary control) to outer right. Thompson -; Müller 481 var. (inner left monogram); Triton XII, lot 151 var. (secondary control; same obv. die); Giessener Münzhandlung 92, lot 92 var. (same; same obv. die). Near EF. Good metal.
The appearance of this coin clarifies that the exergue monogram is the primary control mark for the series within which this issue belongs, as the Triton and Gorny coins, struck from the same obverse die, also have this monogram, but accompanied by a different secondary control (Δ). This primary control is also used for a series of Alexander type at Amphipolis early in the reign of Antigonos II Gonatas (cf. Price 624, 626, and 628-31 [attributed to Pella by Price, but more likely Amphipolis, per Mathisen). While an attribution to Amphipolis during the period of upheaval before the accession of Gonatas is reasonable, another coin has also surfaced with a nearly identical portrait style, but with a lion’s head control mark (Rauch 73, lot 217), which is certainly not from Amphipolis.