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Live auction - bgr_504952 - THRACIAN KINGDOM - LYSIMACHOS Unité

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Estimate : 180 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 30 October 2018 14:05:30
Type : Unité
Date: c. 306/305 - 301/300 AC.
Mint name / Town : Lysimachie, Thrace
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 21 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 5,14 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large et ovale bien centré avec les grènetis visibles. Belle tête d’Apollon. Joli revers. Patine marron
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête d’Apollon à droite, coiffée de la tainia.


Reverse description : Cavalier galopant à droite : au-dessous, protomé de lion bondissant à droite.
Reverse legend : FILIPPOU/ LU.
Reverse translation : (de Philippe/ Lysimaque).


Ce type est beaucoup plus rare pour Lysimaque avec les deux premières lettres de son nom et le protomé de lion caractéristique des premières émissions du Diadoque. Seulement cinq exemplaires dans le SNG. de l’American Numismatic Society (ANS. 997-1000, pl. 34).

Historical background

UNITED THRACE - Lysimachus

(323-281 BC)

Coinage in the name of Lysimachus and type of Philip II of Macedon

Lysimachus (c. 360-281 BC) was one of the leading generals of Alexander. After the death of the great conqueror 14 June 323 BC, a fratricidal battle opposed Diadoques his successors. Lysimachus, at first favorable to the survival of the Empire supports Antipater before becoming independent in 315 BC, receiving the administration of Thrace. In 306 BC, after the naval battle of Salamis in Cyprus, Lysimachus, Antigonus imitating his implacable enemy, took the title of king (Basileos), both followed by Demetrius, Ptolemy, Seleucus and Cassandra. Ally Ptolemy, they crush Antigone who died in the battle of Ipsos in 301 BC It was the birth of the Kingdom of Thrace and early coinage of Lysimachus staff. He must fight against Demetrius Macedonia and Thrace. After 288 BC, it remains the most powerful monarchs reigning over Europe and Asia Minor. Lysimachus, aged 80, was killed at the Battle of Couroupédion in 281 BC.

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