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Unique Lysimachos Stater

515357. Sold For $17500

KINGS of THRACE, Macedonian. Lysimachos. 305-281 BC. AV Stater (18mm, 8.53 g, 12h). Alexandreia Troas mint. Struck 297/6-282/1 BC. Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, with horn of Ammon / Athena Nikephoros seated left, left arm resting on shield, transverse spear in background; ΘE monogram to inner left, cornucopia on throne. Meadows, Earliest 34a (O5/R12 – this coin); Thompson –. Superb EF. Struck from dies of extraordinary style. Apparently unique, the only known example with this arrangement of controls.

Ex Münzen & Medaillen AG 47 (30 November 1972), lot 440.

Alexandria Troas possessed an engraver of uncanny ability, with many of its coins struck from dies of exemplary style, as seen here. The sculptural head of Alexander is matched by a beautiful and well-proportioned Athena on the reverse.