G., Thrace, Kings, Macedonian, Lysimachos, (305-281 B.C.), SNG Cop 1168, AE-15, the wreath of corn, #1
Thrace, Kings, Macedonian, Lysimachos, (305-281 B.C.), SNG Cop 1168, AE-15, the wreath of corn, #1
avers: Head of Herakles right, clad in lion skin headdress,
reverse: BAΣI/ΛYΣI, in two lines within the wreath of corn.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter:15,0-15,5mm, weight:2,2g, axes:11h,
mint: Thrace, Kings, Macedonian, Lysimachos, (Kallatis(?)), date: 323 - 281 B.C.,
ref: SNG Cop 1168, 1169, Mueller-15; Sear Greece-6822,
Lysimachus, one of Alexander the Great's personal bodyguards, was appointed strategos (general) in Thrace and the Chersonesos after Alexander's death. He became one of the Diadochi (successors of Alexander) who were initially generals and governors, but who continuously allied and warred with each other and eventually divided the empire. In 309, he founded his capital Lysimachia in a commanding situation on the neck connecting the Chersonesos with the mainland. In 306, he followed the example of Antigonus in taking the title of king, ruling Thrace, Asia Minor, and Macedonia. In 281, he was killed in battle against Seleucus, another successor of Alexander.