Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachus, Tetradrachm

After the death of Alexander the Great, his generals divided his empire into independent kingdoms and distributed them among themselves. One of them was Lysimachus (323-281 BC), who became king of Thrace.

Lysimachus depicted Alexander himself on the obverse of his coins. The reverse, however, he claimed for himself. It showed Athena seated on a throne, wearing a helmet and armed with a shield and a spear. On her outstretched hand she holds a Nike, a winged goddess of victory, who ist just crowning the name of Lysimachus.