Kingdom Tracia Lysimachos, 323-281 B.C. AV Stater, Lysimacheia (?) SNG.Cop.-; Müller-; cf.Sear 6813 RR
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About Lysimachus, Lysimachos; c. 360 BC – 281 BC, was a Macedonian officer and diadochus (i.e. “successor”) of Alexander the Great, who became a basileus (“King”) in 306 BC, ruling Thrace, Asia Minor and Macedon.
Lysimachus was a Greek nobleman who was a Macedonian Thessalian. He was born in 362/361 BC, as the second son of Agathocles and his wife, perhaps named Arsinoe and his paternal grandfather may have been called Alcimachus.
His father was a nobleman of high rank who was an intimate friend of Philip II of Macedon, who shared in Philip II’s councils and became a favorite in the Argead court. Lysimachus with his brothers grew up with the status of Macedonians; he with his brothers enjoyed prominent positions in Alexander’s circle and Lysimachus with his brothers were educated at the court at Pella.
He was probably appointed Somatophylax during the reign of Philip II. During Alexander’s Persian campaigns, he was one of his immediate bodyguards. In 324 BC, in Susa, he was crowned in recognition for his actions in India. After Alexander’s death in 323 BC, he was appointed to the government of Thrace as strategos.
About the Ancient Greece Gold Stater:
The stater, as a Greek silver currency, first as ingots, and later as coins, circulated from the 8th century BC to 50 AD. It was borrowed by the Euboeans from the Phoenician shekel, which was of about the same weight and was also a fiftieth part of a mina.
Original mintings of this coin such as practiced in Athens valued the stater at a tetradrachm (4 drachms), though issues at other places or times applied the word “stater” to a didrachm (2 drachm) coin. The stater was also minted at Corinth. Staters were also struck in some of the Mediterranean islands such as Aegina and Kydonia.
There also existed a “gold stater”, but it was only minted in some places, and was mainly an accounting unit worth 20-28 drachms depending on place and time, the Athenian unit being worth 20 drachms.
The reason being that one gold stater generally weighed roughly 8.5 grams, twice as much as a drachm, while the parity gold:silver, after some variance, was established as 1:10.
The use of gold staters in coinage seems mostly of Macedonian origin. Celtic tribes brought it in to Wester Europe after using it as mercenaries in north Greece. The best known types of gold staters are the 28 drachm Kyzikenos from Cyzicus, and the gold staters minted in Gaul that Gallic chiefs modelled after those of Philip II of Macedonia, which mercenaries brought back West after serving in his armies, or those of Alexander and his successors. Gold staters have also been found from the ancient region of Gandhara from the time of Kanishka.