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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Lysimachus, King
Mint
Alexandria Troas
Denomination
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Struck
Shape
Disc or similar (ellipse, etc.)
Length
3.20 cm
Width
3.20 cm
Height
- cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
19.80 - - Auction Roma 2020 No No Yes
Iconography
Symbol Technique Direction Position Number Synecdoche
Shield Stamped / Countermarked
Helmet Stamped / Countermarked
Spear Stamped / Countermarked
Nike Stamped / Countermarked
Athena / Minerva Stamped / Countermarked LEFT Seated
Alexander the Great Stamped / Countermarked RIGHT Head
Wear
Corrosion
Handle
No
Suspension hole
No
Recarved mould
No
Recarved weight
No
Intentionally destroyed
No
Archaeological description
Auction Roma 2020: Kings of Thrace, Lysimachos PB 'Tetradrachm'. Circa 305-281 BC. Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, wearing horn of Ammon / Athena seated left, holding Nike and spear over shoulder, resting elbow on shield; BAΣIΛEΩΣ to right, ΛYΣIMAXOY to left, monogram to inner left and in exergue. Roma e64, 285 corr. (bee to inner left, thunderbolt in exergue, same dies); Roma e35, 204 corr. (same); Gitbud & Naumann 38, 69 corr. (same); Gitbud & Naumann 33, 57 corr. (same). 19.80g, 32mm, 12h. Very Fine. Rare.
Autopsy
No
INSCRIPTION
Language Technique Legend type
Greek Stamped / Countermarked Authority
Fac simile

BAΣIΛEΩΣ

ΛYΣIMAXOY

{Two monograms}.

Edition
Βασιλέως | Λυσιμάχου.
Two monograms
Monogram
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Findspot (site)
context
CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACQUISITION
Region
City
Date of first acquisition
July 23, 2020
circumstances
Antiquities trade.
DATING OF THE WEIGHT
Curatorial Section
GREEK
Time frame
FROM -305 TO -281
Comments on Chronology
COLLECTION HISTORY
Collection
Name Date of acquisition Inventory number
Antiquities Trade July 23, 2020 None
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
Auction Roma 2020e None 298 None None
VARIA
Additional comment
Is it a weight?
Auction Roma 2020: This example is sufficiently clear to suggest previous identifications of the reverse symbols have incorrectly been described as a bee and a thunderbolt. They are both in fact monograms which are not recorded on any issue in the Thompson catalogue (“The Mints of Lysimachus” in Essays Robinson).
See https://pondera.uclouvain.be/artifact/12855/, https://pondera.uclouvain.be/artifact/14077/, https://pondera.uclouvain.be/artifact/14078/, and https://pondera.uclouvain.be/artifact/14090/ (same dies).
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