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CNG Feature Auction 114

Lot nuber 101

KINGS of THRACE, Macedonian. Lysimachos. 305-281 BC. AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 17.05 g, 8h). Uncertain mint in northwest Asia Minor. Struck circa 297/6-282/1 BC.


CNG Feature Auction 114
Lot: 101.
 Estimated: $ 1 000

Greek, Silver

Sold For $ 1 200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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KINGS of THRACE, Macedonian. Lysimachos. 305-281 BC. AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 17.05 g, 8h). Uncertain mint in northwest Asia Minor. Struck circa 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; kerykeion to inner left, monogram in exergue. Unpublished in the standard references, but cf. HGC 3, 1750 for type. Attractively toned. Good VF. High relief portrait.

From the B.G. Collection. Ex Sierra Collection (Classical Numismatic Group 88, 14 September 2011), lot 66.

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 from 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.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 114 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 13-14 May 2020. This lot is in Session 1, which begins 13 May 2020 at 9 AM ET.

UPDATE: As the CNG staff and many of our clients remain under social distancing and other restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CNG 114 will be held as an internet only auction. The sale will take place as scheduled on 13-14 May 2020.

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