Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos


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Posthumous. Chalcedon ca. 205-195 BC. AU stater, 8.15 gr.
Obv: diademed head of deified Alexander the Great to the right, with horns of Amon.

Rev: : ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ; Athena seated on throne to the left, holding Nike and resting elbow on large shield; in left field: Δ; in exergue: bull butting to the left.

Ref: Müller 358; Franke-Hirmer 582. Ex H. Frelinx collection; ex E. Bourgey June 4 (1991), lot 88; ex J. Elsen 80 (2004), lot 220.

Good very fine.

This coin could well be issued to commemorate the Bouphonia, as celebrated at Athens, Magnesia, and Kios, where the sacrificial bull of Zeus Poleias was encouraged to freely bend down and ‘offer’ itself for sacrifice.