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Triton XXII, Lot: 170. Estimate $3000.
Sold for $7500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of THRACE, Macedonian. Lysimachos. 305-281 BC. AV Stater (27mm, 8.42 g, 1h). Ephesos mint. Struck circa 295/4-289/8 BC. Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, with horn of Ammon / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY, Athena Nikephoros seated left, left arm resting on shield, transverse spear in background; no control marks. Thompson –; Müller –; HGC 3, –; Pozzi 1164 = Pozzi (Boutin) 2622; CNG 70, lot 157; CNG 67, lot 502 (same obv. die); Pecunem 38, lot 59; Roma E-32, lot 295 (same obv. die). EF, underlying luster.

Although there are no control marks on this issue, the distinct and unusual portrait style here--with the long downswept hair on the forehead, and mostly bare neck--is identical to that found on many tetradrachms of Thompson 166–7 (cf. Bement 897) and their associated drachms (Thompson –, but cf. Triton XVIII, lots 3 and 423). It is likely that the staters of Thompson 165, which also belongs to the same issue as the aforementioned silver, will have a similar obverse style, and possibly a die match, but no examples can be located of that issue (which may be an erroneous entry in Thompson’s listings).