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CNG 106, Lot: 103. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $1100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of THRACE, Macedonian. Lysimachos. 305-281 BC. AR Tetradrachm (27.5mm, 17.22 g, 3h). Ouranopolis mint(?). Struck circa 286-281 BC. Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, with horn of Ammon / Athena Nikephoros seated left, left arm resting on shield, transverse spear in background; star-on-cone to inner left, Θ in exergue. Unpublished. Good VF, toned, faint die flaw on cheek, slightly off center on obverse. Attractive style. Extremely rare.

From the Belgica Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 81 (20 May 2009), lot 255.

Although Ouranopolis is not otherwise known to have issued for Lysimachos, the star on cone motif is the city’s customary mintmark. If this is indeed a reference to the Chalkidian city, it would most likely date from mid to late 280’s BC, corresponding to Lysimachos’ absorption of western Macedon into his kingdom.