Ancient Greek Silver Lysimachos Tetradrachm Coin - 297 BC

Ancient Coins - Ancient Greek Silver Lysimachos Tetradrachm Coin - 297 BC
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A fine style ancient silver tetradrachm, depicting Alexander the Great. Issued under one of Alexander's top generals and successors, King Lysimachos. Struck at the Lampsakos mint, 297 - 281 BC.

 

The obverse shows the deified Alexander the Great, his wild, unruly hair held down by a thin diadem, the horn of Ammon curling over his ear, clearly identifying him.

 

The reverse with the goddess Athena, wearing a crested Corinthian helmet, she sits on a throne and holds the winged goddess of victory in her extended right hand, her left elbow resting on a large grounded shield, decorated with the face of a lion. The legend reading:

 

BASILEWS LUSIMACOU

 

"Of King Lysimachos"

 

Herm and monogram in fields.

 

 

Lysimachos was one of the more successful diadochi, largely keeping out of the wars between the other successors and adding Macedon and areas of Asia Minor to his territories. Perhaps one of his most notable achievements though is the legacy left by his beautiful coinage. Lysimachos took the bold and innovative step of showing the image of the now deified Alexander on his silver drachms, tetradrachms and gold staters. The intended message is clear; through association to the now godlike Alexander, Lysimachos' legitimacy to rule is unquestionable!

 

Weight: 16.90 g

 

Diameter: 31 mm

 

Provenance:
 

Ex. French private collection, with old Nomisma Certificate of Authenticity

Ancient Coins - Ancient Greek Silver Lysimachos Tetradrachm Coin - 297 BC
Ancient Coins - Ancient Greek Silver Lysimachos Tetradrachm Coin - 297 BC
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US$ 745.00
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