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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, 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 BC; 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


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

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A story popular in Roman times told that 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).
GB72027. Bronze AE 20, SNG Cop 1153, Müller 76, SNG Tübingen 963, Winterthur 1331, VF, well centered, green patina, scratches, earthen deposits, weight 4.640 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, Lysimachia mint, 305 - 281 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena right; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ΛYΣIMAXOY, lion leaping right, kerykeion (caduceus) upright, EYM monogram, and spear head right below; SOLD


Lysimachia, Thracian Chersonesos, c. 309 - 275 B.C.

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Hermes was the messenger of the gods and the god of commerce and thieves. He was the son of Zeus and the nymph Maia. His symbols include the caduceus and winged sandals.
GB55557. Bronze AE 11, SNG Cop 922, Lindgren II 875, BMC Thrace -, VF, weight 0.969 g, maximum diameter 10.9 mm, die axis 90o, Lysimachia (Eksemil, Turkey) mint, 309 - 275 BC; obverse draped bust of Hermes right, wearing petasos; reverse ΛY/ΣI, in wreath of grain; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Lysimachos, as Satrap of Thrace, 323 - 305 B.C., Struck by Kassander

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This type was likely struck by Kassander at Amphipolis for Lysimachos, perhaps while Lysimachos was battling the Thracian tribes. With the support of Antigonus, Ptolemy and Lysimachus, Kassander defeated Polyperchon, and declared himself the Macedonian regent in 317 B.C. Lysimachos was satrap in Thrace and some adjoining territory, an area without a royal mint. Lysimachos and Kassander were related by marriage and bound by mutual trust, respect, and unwavering friendship. Kassander likely supplied the bulk of Lysimachos monetary needs, perhaps even until Lysimacus gained control of mints in Anatolia after Ipsus.
GB48798. Bronze AE 18, Price P3, SNG ANS 1001, Thompson 2 var. (no bow, Lysimachia mint, 306 - 300 B.C.), SNG Alpha Bank -, SNG Cop -, VF, weight 5.582 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 125o, Amphipolis mint, c. 317 - 305 B.C.; obverse head of Apollo right, wearing taenia; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, young male rider galloping right, holding palm branch; bow lower left, ΛY to the left of lion forepart right below; scarce; SOLD


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

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GB55026. Bronze AE 10, SNG Milan 196; BMC Thrace p. 196, 15; SNG Cop -; SNG Tübingen -; Weber -; Lindgren -, aVF, weight 0.712 g, maximum diameter 9.9 mm, die axis 180o, Lysimachia (Eksemil, Turkey) mint, obverse head of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet; reverse Λ−Y, flanking stalk of barley; very rare; SOLD


Lysimacheia, Thrace, Greece, c. 309 - 221 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.
GB80242. Bronze AE 17, SNG Cop 914 ff.; BMC Thrace p. 195, 4 - 5 var. (monograms), F, weight 3.748 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 0o, Lysimachia (Eksemil, Turkey) mint, c. 309 - 221 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion scalp headdress; reverse ΛYΣIMAXEΩN, Nike standing left, raising wreath in right; SOLD


Lysimachia, Thracian Chersonesos, 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.
GB02380. Bronze AE 15, cf. BMC Thrace p. 196, 19 (legend arrangement), Lindgren II 873 (same), VF, weight 1.93 g, maximum diameter 15.7 mm, die axis 0o, Lysimachia (Eksemil, Turkey) mint, 309 - 220 B.C.; obverse lion head right; reverse ΛY−ΣI, stalk of grain; scarce; SOLD


Lysimacheia, Thrace, Greece, c. 305 - 281 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.
GB41335. Bronze AE 21, Lindgren II 870, SNG Cop 906 - 907 var. (other symbols below reverse legend), BMC Thrace p. 195, 7 var. (same), F, weight 8.323 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 0o, Lysimachia (Eksemil, Turkey) mint, c. 323 - 281 B.C.; obverse veiled head of Demeter right, wearing corn wreath; reverse ΛYΣIMAXEΩN, inscriptions, ear of barley below, all within a wreath of barley; SOLD


Lysimacheia, Thrace, Greece, c. 309 - 221 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.
GB40016. Bronze AE 17, SNG Cop 914 ff., BMC Thrace p. 195, 5, VF, weight 4.452 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 0o, Lysimachia (Eksemil, Turkey) mint, c. 309 - 221 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion's scalp headdress; reverse ΛYΣIMAXEΩN, Nike standing left, monograms in left and right fields; SOLD


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

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GB02535. Bronze AE 10, Lindgren II 874, SNG Cop 920, BMC Thrace -, VF, weight .74 g, maximum diameter 10.0 mm, die axis 180o, Lysimachia (Eksemil, Turkey) mint, 309 - 220 B.C.; obverse lion head right; reverse Λ−Y, stalk of grain; scarce; 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.
GB00784. Bronze AE 17, SNG Cop 917, BMC Thrace p. 195, 4 - 5 var. (monograms), F, weight 3.80 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 0o, Lysimachia (Eksemil, Turkey) mint, obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress; reverse ΛYΣIMAXIΩN, Nike standing left, monograms right, countermarked with a dolphin; SOLD








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