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572514

Unpublished

572514. Sold For $15750

KINGS of THRACE, Macedonian. Lysimachos. 305-281 BC. AR Tetradrachm (29.5mm, 16.98 g, 3h). Uncertain mint in northwest Asia Minor. Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, with horn of Ammon / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY, Athena Nikephoros seated left, left arm resting on shield; transverse spear in background, kerykeion to inner left, monogram in exergue. Thompson –; Müller 110; cf. HGC 3, 1750 (for type); CNG 88, lot 66 var. (same obv. die; different monogram); Hesperia Art XXIV, no. 8 var. (same obv. die; same). Lightly toned, slight die wear on obverse, minor doubling on reverse. EF. Well centered on a broad flan. Extremely rare, no published examples with this monogram, but one in a private collection (known from Seyrig cast at ANS, possibly the source for Müller).


Ex Walter Weise Collection, purchased from Spink & Sons, London, May 1993.

The kerykeion is a common symbol on Lysimachos’ issues at Amphipolis, but elements of this coin are not consistent with the products of that mint. For one, the portrait style, particularly the short hair on the neck, is not found on any of the published issues from Amphipolis, and is more consistent with the coins one of Lysimachos’ mints in western Asia Minor, such as Ephesos (cf. Meydancikkale 2659) or Alexandreia Troas (cf. Thompson pl. 20, 163). Also, on the issues at Amphipolis with kerykeion, the secondary controls are always placed in the outer right field, not the exergue, as on this coin.