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Greek Kingdom of Thrace, Silver Tetradrachm of Lysimachus (305-281 BC) - Early Posthumous Issue - obv. Alexander the Great/rv. Athena NGC Ch. XF

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Greek Kingdom of Thrace, Silver Tetradrachm of Lysimachus (305-281 BC) - Early Posthumous Issue - obv. Alexander the Great/rv. Athena NGC Ch. XF
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Why add this Posthumous Silver Tetradrachm of Lysimachus to your collection of ancient coins?

Lysimachus continued the practice of posthumously minting coins with Alexander's image on them long after the empire was split up. Eager to expand his region into Asia Minor, Lysimachus believed the images of a deified Alexander, Athena, and the winged Nike portrayed a powerful message about his right to rule. In order to fund the daily operations of government, he expanded his empire to gain access to silver mines. Tetradrachm from many areas circulated together, however they were standardized about 31 mm in diameter and 16.8g of mostly silver content to encourage commerce.

Why were images of Nike and Athena selected?

The reverse is the winged Nike, symbol of Victory, placing a laureled wreath onto Lysimachus name, Athena, the Goddess of War, seated facing left, holding Nike in her left hand and right arm laying on shield with spear on shoulder as if she is resting from efforts to crown Lysimachus the rightful heir to Alexander the Great. The obverse is Alexander, bust right, ornamented with crown and the ram-horn of Ammon, a form of Zeus.

What does Ch XF mean?

This specimen is graded Choice Extremely Fine, with Sheldon scale equivalent of 45 by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). Coins receiving this grade exhibit full and sharp details, with some Mint luster in protected areas of the coin's surface

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Year of Issue:305-281 BC
Grading Service:NGC
Grade:Ch. XF
Composition:Silver
Denomination:4