Lysimachos, King of Thrace and former General to Alexander the Great
Kingdom of Thrace, Amphipolis mint
Diademed head of the deified Alexander the Great right wearing horn of Ammon
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ ('of Lysimachos'), Athena enthroned left, holding Nike crowning the king's name, in right hand and resting left arm on shield with lion's head in centre; transverse spear resting against her right side; ΩΠY monogram in inner left field; ΩK in right field; HΔ monogram in exergue
Choice VF, boldly struck with high relief, obverse slightly off centre, some black deposits, a few light scrapes
ex Athena Numismatics
Apparently unpublished; Thompson 207 var. (different monogram in right field); Müller 539 var. (different monogram in right field); Meydancikkale 2673-2674 var. (different monogram in right field); SNG Copenhagen 1122 var. (different monogram in right field); SNG Alpha Bank 977 var. (different monogram in right field); SNG Berry 421 var. (different monogram in right field); cf. SNG Alpha Bank 979 (for ΩK monogram, found in exergue of this coin); SGCV II, 6814 ff. var. (different monograms)
This coin is apparently unpublished and potentially unique. No examples with the same monogram in the right field could be found in key references, public collections or past auctions.
The tetradrachms of Lysimachos are some of the few ancient coins to undisputedly feature a 'real' portrait of Alexander the Great and give us insight into how he may have appeared in life. Most coins of Alexander the Great represent the legendary figure in the form of Hercules (Herakles). 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.