Lysimachos, struck in name of Philip III Arrhidaeus of Macedon
Young male head, hair bound with taenia, facing right
ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ, Naked youthful horseman advancing right; below, ΛY and lion-part to right
18.5mm, 5.2g, 11h
Choice VF, very rare, large flan, attractive blue-green patina, cracked patina on obverse, well-centered
Almost identical to the common bronzes of Philip II (young boy on horse). However the the controls ΛY and the lion-part indicate that this coin was struck under Lysimachos. Lysimachos was one of the most successful successors of Alexander. Born in 361 or 365 BC, his father was a close friend of King Phillip II of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great. A bodyguard and General to Alexander the Great, Lysimachos later became the King of Thrace. He married three times. His third wife was the Ptolemaic Greek Princess Arsinoe II. Lysimachos died in battle in the Battle of Corupedium, the last battle between the rival successors to Alexander the Great. His body was discovered a few days later, being protected by his faithful dog.