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Home > Catalog > Greek Coins > Hellenistic Monarchies > Kingdom of Thrace > GS87657
Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305 - 281 B.C., Struck in the Name of Alexander the Great
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.
GS87657. Silver drachm, Thompson 127, Price L27, MŁller Alexander L21, HGC 3 1752e (R1), VF, well centered, nice style, light toning, light marks, Kolophon (near Degirmendere Fev, Turkey) mint, weight 4.258g, maximum diameter 18.7mm, die axis 0o, 299 - 296 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse Zeus AŽtophoros seated left, eagle in right hand, scepter in left hand, right leg drawn back, lion-forepart left over Φ (control symbols) in left field, pentagram (control symbol) under throne, ΛYΛIMAXOY downward on left, BAΣIΛIΩΣ below; SOLD











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