Kings of Thrace, Lysimachos, Stater ca. 286-281 BC, Pella

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Thrace. Kings of Thrace. Lysimachos, 323-328 BC. AV Stater, Pella circa 286-281, 8.54 g.
Obverse: Diademed head of deified Alexander III r., with horn of Ammon //
Reverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ – ΛYΣIMAKOY Athena enthroned l., holding Nike and spear and resting l. elbow on shield; in inner field l., monogram and on throne, Π. In exergue

K. Thompson, in Essays Robinson, 241 (these dies). Müller 504 var. Jameson 2464 (these dies). SNG Lockett 1247 (this coin).

Mint state. NGC MS Strike: 4/5 Surface 4/5

Graded NGC Yes
Grade MS
Certificate Number 6157577-007
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Provenance Details

Ex Cyril Lockett collection Glendining’s 12 February 1958, part VI, 1164;
The Millenia collection 2008, lot 23. Highly Important Collection of Greek coins of a man in Love with Art; NAC 126 lot 101

Comment

A portrait of the finest style. Well struck in high relief, with an insignificant flan flaw in the reverse field, otherwise mint state, and highly important as the portrait most similar to the portrait by Lysippus in the collection of the Louvre. Surely, a lifelike rendering of history's greatest conquerer. Published: 2008 Money of the World: Coins that made history plate 11 (this coin illustrated).

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