Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimacheia
After 297-281 BC
Head of Athena right wearing crested helmet, within dotted border
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ ("Vasileos Lysimahou" meaning "of King Lysimachos"), Lion running right, spearhead below; counter-mark on lion
22mm, 5.9g, 2h
Choice gVF, large flan, attractive shiny dark-green patina, well centered, die crack at 9 o'clock
Similar in style to the common bronzes of Philip II (young boy on horse), except instead of a horse there is a lion, and instead of King Philip II on the obverse, there is there is Athena wearing the Corinthian helmet. 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.