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Why add this Early Posthumous Issue Silver Tetradrachm of Lysimachus to your collection?
When Alexander the Great succumbed to disease on the campaign trail, he left his vast empire without an heir. Strategically, five of the top generals divided the empire equitably to avoid the worst of the civil strife to follow. Lysimachus ruled his region and continued to mint coins with the image of Alexander on them, even after the other four generals replaced the image of Alexander with their own. Being opportunistic, Lysimachus believed this would give him a stronger claim to rule all of the territory previously held by Alexander.
Coins were early ways for rulers to spread their political message.
Lysimachus wanted his name associated with Alexander, and the divine. The obverse is Alexander, ornamented with a laurel crown and ram-horns of the divine Jupiter Ammon, a form of Zeus. The reverse features Athena, the Goddess of War, seated left, arm resting on shield, and spear. Nike, the Winged Goddess of Victory in extended right hand placing a crown on Lysimachus' name.
What does the grade of Extremely Fine mean?
This coins was graded Extremely Fine by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), which is comparable to a Sheldon coin grading scale of 40. This specimen will exhibit overall sharpness, light wear on the highest points of the coin, sharp details, and may have traces of Mint luster.
This is a beautiful coin to add to your ancients' collection. Order from MCM today!
|Year of Issue:||305-281 BC|
Alexander the Great is well-known in history for the massive empire he formed in just one decade, without suffering a single defeat! Additionally, he had great success conquering the field of numismatics with his large history of coinage. Struck in huge quantities using fine silver and gold, an impressive amount of these now-ancient artifacts have survived in good condition over the course of 2,300 years! Collectors world-wide will be excited to know that several of these intricate coins are now available from MCM to be added to your growing collection.
Ask any group of coin enthusiasts what their favorite ancient coin to collect is, most will eagerly tell you that it is the Silver Owl Tetradrachm of Athens. This coin was well-known during Ancient times and still stands as a relic of Ancient Greece. For the collector who would like to add one to their own collection, ModernCoinMart offers many fine examples just for you!