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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. 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.


Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305 - 281 B.C.

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A story popular in Roman times told that Alexander punished Lysimachus, for trying to help Callisthenes, by locking him in a cage with a lion. Callisthenes, a historian who criticized Alexander's adoption of Persian customs (particularly that he be regarded as a god), had been accused of treason and imprisoned (where he later died, possibly from torture). Lysimachus killed the beast by tearing out its tongue (Justin 15.3). In Plutarch's Life of Demetrius, Lysimachus exposes his scars to ambassadors "and told them of the battle he had fought with the beast when Alexander had shut him up in a cage with it" (Plutarch Demetr. 27).
GB87760. Bronze AE 20, SNG Cop 1153, Müller 76, SNG Tüb 963, Winterthur 1331, HGC 3.2 1758, F, light corrosion, crowded flan, weight 4.405 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, Lysimachia (Eksemil, Turkey) mint, 305 - 300 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena right; reverse lion leaping right, upright caduceus, EYM monogram (control), and spear head below, BAΣIΛEΩΣ (king) above, ΛYΣIMAXOY (Lysimachos) below; $60.00 (€51.00)
 


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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Lysimachia was built by Lysimachus in 309 B.C. On the isthmus, it commanded the road from Sestos and mainland Thrace. To obtain inhabitants for his new city, Lysimachus destroyed neighboring Cardia and settled the inhabitants of it and other Chersonese cities here. Lysimachus made Lysimachia the capital of his kingdom and it must have rapidly risen to great splendor and prosperity.
GB54953. Bronze AE 22, SNG Cop 906; BMC Thrace p. 238, 6a var. (control: torch); Lindgren II 870 var. (barley kernel); 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, c. 280 B.C.; obverse veiled head of Demeter right, wearing wreath of grain; reverse ΛYΣIMA/XEΩN in two lines, kerykeion (control) right below, all within wreath of barley; obscure countermark; very rare; SOLD







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Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Italy, Milano, Civiche Raccolte Numismatiche VI: Macedonia - Thracia, Part 3: Chersonesus Tauricus...Chersonesus Thraciae, Isole della Thracia. (Milan, 2000).
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