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Lysimachia, Thracian Chersonese

Lysimachia was built by Lysimachus in 309 B.C., when he was preparing for the last struggle with his rivals; for the new city, being situated on the isthmus, commanded the road from Sestos to the north and the mainland of Thrace. In order to obtain inhabitants for his new city, Lysimachus destroyed the neighboring town of Cardia, the birthplace of the historian Hieronymus, and settled the inhabitants of it and other Chersonesean cities here. Lysimachus no doubt made Lysimachia the capital of his kingdom, and it must have rapidly risen to great splendor and prosperity.


Lysimachia, Thracian Chersonesos, 309 - 220 B.C.

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Lysimachia was built by Lysimachus in 309 B.C., when he was preparing for his last struggle with his rivals; for the new city, being situated on the isthmus, commanded the road from Sestos to the north and the mainland of Thrace. To obtain inhabitants for his new city, Lysimachus destroyed the neighboring town of Cardia, the birthplace of the historian Hieronymus, and settled the inhabitants of it and other Chersonese cities here. Lysimachus no doubt made Lysimachia the capital of his kingdom and it must have rapidly risen to great splendor and prosperity.
GB71306. Bronze AE 11, Lindgren II 874, SNG Cop 920, BMC Thrace -, VF, some corrosion, weight 0.814 g, maximum diameter 10.7 mm, die axis 0o, Lysimachia (Eksemil, Turkey) mint, 309 - 220 B.C.; obverse lion head right; reverse stalk of barley, Λ−Y flanking across field; scarce; $28.00 (€23.80)
 


Lysimachia, Thracian Chersonesos, c. 280 B.C.

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Ptolemaic influence was strong in Thrace during this time. The silver tetradrachms of Byzantium were struck on a Ptolemaic standard. The veiled head of "Demeter" may be that of Arsinoe II, wife of Lysimachos.
GP22445. Bronze AE 22, SNG Cop 905, cf. BMC Thrace 6, VF, weight 4.777 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 0o, Lysimachia (Eksemil, Turkey) mint, c. 280 B.C.; obverse veiled head of (Arsinoe II as) Demeter right; reverse ΛYΣIMA [...], Nike standing left, crowning ethnic with wreath; dark green patina; SOLD


Lysimachia, Thracian Chersonesos, c. 309 - 220 B.C.

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The veiled head of "Demeter" may be that of Arsinoe II, wife of Lysimachos.
GB54953. Bronze AE 22, SNG Cop 906; BMC Thrace p. 238, 6a var. (torch vice Kerykeion); Lindgren II 870 var. (same); SNG UK -; SNG Aarhus -; SNG Bar -; et al. -, VF, weight 9.000 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 270o, Lysimachia (Eksemil, Turkey) mint, probably struck c. 280 B.C.; obverse veiled head of Demeter (Arsinoe II?) right, wearing wreath of grain; reverse ΛYΣIMA/XEΩN, legend within wreath of barley, kerykeion below; countermark of uncertain type; very rare; SOLD







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