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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.

Lysimacheia, Thracian Chersonese, c. 225 - 198 B.C.

|Lysimacheia|, |Lysimacheia,| |Thracian| |Chersonese,| |c.| |225| |-| |198| |B.C.||AE| |23|
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.

Almost every example of this type known to Forum has the lion head countermark on the obverse.
CM97507. Bronze AE 23, SNG Cop 904 (same countermarks); BMC Thrace p. 195, 3; HGC 3.2 1495 (R1), aVF, dark patina with lighter blue highlighting, overstruck(?), weight 8.961 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 0o, Antiochia ad Maeandrum (near Basaran Turkey) mint, c. 225 - 199/8 B.C.; obverse head of young Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; countermark: lion's head facing with mane around in round punch; reverse ΛYΣIMA-XEΩN, Artemis standing right, wearing short chiton, quiver and bow over shoulder, holding long torch (two torches?) with both hands; countermark: head of grain in oval punch; from the Michael Arslan Collection; rare; $250.00 (€205.00)
 


Lysimacheia, Thracian Chersonese, c. 245 - 225 B.C.

|Lysimacheia|, |Lysimacheia,| |Thracian| |Chersonese,| |c.| |245| |-| |225| |B.C.||AE| |17|
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.
GB97279. Bronze AE 17, SNG Cop 914 ff.; BMC Thrace p. 195, 5; Weber 2454; HGC 3.2 1500 (S), VF, nice green patina, porosity, reverse a little off center, weight 3.665 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 180o, Lysimacheia (Eksemil, Turkey) mint, c. 245 - 225 B.C.; obverse head of young Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse Nike standing facing, head left, raising wreath in right hand, ΛYΣIMAXEΩN starting downward on left, curving and ending below, monograms (controls) on right; scarce; $90.00 (€73.80)
 


Lysimacheia, Thracian Chersonese, c. 245 - 225 B.C., Overstruck on Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochos II, 261 - 241 B.C.

|Lysimacheia|, |Lysimacheia,| |Thracian| |Chersonese,| |c.| |245| |-| |225| |B.C.,| |Overstruck| |on| |Seleukid| |Kingdom,| |Antiochos| |II,| |261| |-| |241| |B.C.||AE| |18|
Undertype: Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochos II, 261 - 241 B.C., cf. Houghton-Lorber 522, Sardes(?) mint, obverse: diademed head of Apollo right; reverse: tripod over anchor, BAΣIΛEΩΣ downward on right, ANTIOXOY downward on left.
RP89880. Bronze AE 18, MacDonald Overstrikes 91 (same undertype); Asilbeyli Hoard, group 8, 95 (same); SNG Cop 914; BMC Thrace p. 195, 4, aVF+, nice green patina, weak strike leaving strong undertype on reverse, earthen deposits, weight 4.154 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 0o, Lysimachia (Eksemil, Turkey) mint, c. 245 - 225 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress; reverse Nike standing left, raising wreath in right hand, ΛYΣIMAXEΩN starting downward on left and ending below, monograms (controls) on right; undertype: obverse - head of Apollo right; SOLD







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Corpus Nummorum Thracorum - http://www.corpus-nummorum.eu/
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Le Rider, G. "L'Atelier séleucide de Lysimachie" in Quaderni Ticinesi XVII (1988).
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Poole, R.S. ed. A Catalog of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Thrace, etc. (London, 1877).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Denmark, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum, Vol. 2: Macedonia and Thrace. (West Milford, NJ, 1982).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Deutschland, Münzsammlung Universität Tübingen, Part 2: Taurische Chersones-Korkyra. (Berlin, 1982).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Italy, Milano, Civiche Raccolte Numismatiche VI: Macedonia - Thracia, Part 3: Chersonesus Tauricus...Chersonesus Thraciae, Isole della Thracia. (Milan, 2000).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, United States, The Collection of the ANS, Part 7: Macedonia 1 (Cities, Thraco-Macedonian Tribes, Paeonian kings). (New York, 1997).
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