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Offline THCoins

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Trace: Lysimachos (ca 323-281 BC), AR Drachm
« on: September 27, 2013, 07:32:04 PM »
Drachms and tetradrachms of Alexander the Great and Lysimachos are so numerous in different types that this constitutes a field of collection on its own. I have only a few of those. I don't really care about the small differences in types from specific periods and mints. I chose these on the basis of their visual appeal.
This coin however, i bought partly because of the highly recognizable mintmark. This mintmark is a bee. It is linked closely with the city of Ephesos at the coast of Ionia, in what is now Turkey. The bee is more commonly seen as major emblem on the civic coinage of Ephesos. To see it small but well defined on a lysimachos drachm gave the coin just the extra appeal compared to its neighbours.

Obv: Deified head of Alexander the great with ram's horns.
Rev: Athena seated carrying Nike, Inscription plus Mintmark Bee flanked by E and Phi.
AR 18, 4.0 gr, Ephesos Mint,  Thompson 168, Müller 421.

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Re: Trace: Lysimachos (ca 323-281 BC), AR Drachm
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2013, 01:45:00 PM »
Nice! I will post my Alexander "Bee" Drachm later once I get a chance to click it, hopefully, over this weekend.
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Re: Trace: Lysimachos (ca 323-281 BC), AR Drachm
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2013, 07:52:33 PM »
Great, please do so if you find the opportunity !

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Re: Trace: Lysimachos (ca 323-281 BC), AR Drachm
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2013, 09:17:49 AM »
Anthony, see here for my "Bee" drachm.
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Re: Trace: Lysimachos (ca 323-281 BC), AR Drachm
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2013, 09:07:05 PM »
We saw a variant of this coin in the Madrid museum last weekend. The director challenged the communis opinio on the significance of the symbols (Zeus Ammon, Alexander with ram's horns or some such) and preferred "we just don't know". Great fun for Afrasi and me...

Peter
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