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24. May 2020
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Lot 78
Starting Price: 300 CHF
Hammer Price: 1500 CHF
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KINGS OF THRACE. Lysimachos, 305-281 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 30.5 mm, 17.19 g, 12 h), Pergamum, 287/6-282. Diademed head of Alexander III to right, ram’s horn over his ear. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ Athena seated to left on throne, resting her left elbow on her shield and holding Nike in her outstretched right hand; in outer left field, crescent to left; in inner left, cult image; in the exergue, monogram of TE. Arnold-Biucchi 20 (O6/R19). Thompson 218. SNG Oxford 3751 (same dies). Of splendid style, struck in high relief, by the same engraver who cut the dies for K series. Good very fine.



There are so many tetradrachms of Lysimachos! With their horned portraits of Alexander they have long been very popular. They range in date from lifetime issues, which began in the 290s, down to late versions produced in the 1st century BC. Stylistically they go from the heights of Hellenistic portraiture to curious caricatures, that have actually been turned into disguised portraits of Mithridates VI! What we have here is, without question, one of the best of all the Alexander heads to appear on a coin of Lysimachos. The emotional intensity – pathos – that radiates from this head is a triumph of engraving skill.
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Online bidding closes:
24 May 2020 15:39:00 CEST
Current Date & Time:
01 Jun 2020 10:53:26 CEST
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Hammer Price:
1500 CHF by MailBidder5731 (Bids: 20)

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Lot 78
Starting Price: 300 CHF
KINGS OF THRACE. Lysimachos, 305-281 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 30.5 mm, 17.19 g, 12 h), Pergamum, 287/6-282. Diademed head of Alexander III to right, ram’s horn over his ear. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ Athena seated to left on throne, resting her left elbow on her shield and holding Nike in her outstretched right hand; in outer left field, crescent to left; in inner left, cult image; in the exergue, monogram of TE. Arnold-Biucchi 20 (O6/R19). Thompson 218. SNG Oxford 3751 (same dies). Of splendid style, struck in high relief, by the same engraver who cut the dies for K series. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1500 CHF
Lot 79
Starting Price: 250 CHF
KINGS OF THRACE. Lysimachos, 305-281 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 30.5 mm, 16.97 g, 11 h), struck posthumously, Lysimachia, c. 280-200 BC. Diademed head of Alexander to right, with horn of Ammon over his ear. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ Athena seated to left on throne; behind, transverse spear; to inner left, monogram of AP above star; in exergue, lion-head to right. Müller 53. Thompson -. Rauch 90 (2012), 68. Well-centered, toned example. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1500 CHF
Lot 80
Starting Price: 100 CHF
KINGS OF THRACE. Lysimachos, 305-282/1 BC. (Bronze, 19 mm, 4.98 g, 12 h), uncertain mint in Thrace, possibly Lysimacheia. Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY Lion leaping right; below, spearhead to right. HGC 3, 1758. Müller 61. SNG Copenhagen 1149. Perfectly centered, well-struck and with a lovely olive grey patina. Possible traces of graffiti on the reverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 440 CHF
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