KINGS of THRACE. Lysimachos, 305-281 BC. Stater (Silver, 17mm, 8.47 g 12), uncertain mint, c. 280s-250s. Diademed head of Alexander III to right, ram’s horn over his ear. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ Athena seated left on throne, resting her left elbow on her shield and holding Nike in her outstretched right hand; below throne, two crossed arrows over grape cluster. Müller -. Nomos 2, 18 May 2010, 46 ( same dies ). Thompson -. A coin of elegant and fine style. Metal fault on Alexander’s chin and minor faults in his hair, otherwise , extremely fine.
The coinage of Lysimachos proved to be very popular, not only during his lifetime but afterwards as well: both gold and silver issues continued to be produced until the 1st century BC. This lovely stater, with a symbol on the throne that is apparently unknown (or at least unpublished), could well have been struck during Lysimachos’ lifetime but the size of the head and general appearance suggest it is an early posthumous issue.