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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 XF

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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
Grading Service:NGC
Grade:XF
Composition:Silver
Denomination:4