Another one of those 'First coin of 2022' threads...

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by zadie, Jan 21, 2022.

  1. zadie

    zadie Well-Known Member

    I have recently had to endure a significant lack of targets. This has made it extremely hard to deny the little coin devil on my shoulder telling me to buy everything in sight...

    Jokes aside, things have been extremely dry for me lately. My primary collecting area contains coins that are all relatively rare and do not come up for sale often. Thus I find myself having to "pass the time" with other coins that I find interesting :oops:

    Browsing Stack's NYINC sale I came upon a BEEautiful "bee type" issued by Lysimachus in Ephesus. Having already acquired a drachm featuing a nice bee I thought they'd complete a nice little set together. I placed a reasonably low pre-bid and to my suprise, I won!

    Welcome to the beehive.


    Lysimachus (305-281 BC). AR Tetradrachm in the name and type of Alexander III. Ephesus. Struck 295/4 - 289/8 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress / Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ. In the left field, bee above [E]ΦE. 17.01 g, 25.5 mm. Price 1876. Graded by NGC: EF, Strike: 4/5 Surface: 3/5. Stack's NYINC Auction Jan 2022, lot 6077


    Kings of Macedon. Alexander III (336-323 BC). AR Drachm. Magnesia ad Maeandrum. Struck 323-319 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress / ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre. In left field, bee to right; In the right field, spearhead. 4.21 g, 17 mm. Price 1937

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  3. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    I didn't do a 2021 "year in review" thread, but maybe I'll be able to do a "first coin of 2022" thread.

    When that happens. :p
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  4. zadie

    zadie Well-Known Member

    I'll be waiting :pompous:
  5. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Nice way to start the year. My only Alexander-type tetradrachm has a bee, but it is Seleucid, from Babylon:

    Seleucid Tet Jan 2019 (0a2).jpg
    Seleukos I Nikator Tetradrachm
    (c. 311-300 B.C.)
    Babylon Mint

    Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / AΛEΞANΔPOY right; [BAΣIΛEΩΣ] below; Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; MI above bee in left field; MYP monogram in wreath below throne.
    Price 3754; SC 82.2b
    (17.02 grams / 23 mm)
    eBay Jan. 2019
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  6. zadie

    zadie Well-Known Member

    Very nice! I like the very distinct babylonian style on these
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  7. Ryro

    Ryro Trying to remove supporter status Supporter

    Oh man! Sorry to see you got bugs all over your new coin:facepalm:
    I ordered one last month and had a similar issue:

    Jk. In all seriousness, that is a seriously awesome coin. And double so now a big brother for your Drachm:D
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  8. zadie

    zadie Well-Known Member

    Wow!! I love this.. Do you have the attribution for it? The sharp CM combined with its extremely circulated undertype makes for such a cool composition!
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  9. Ryro

    Ryro Trying to remove supporter status Supporter

    Thanks so much! I always enjoy your coinage.
    And certainly:

    Æs, 1st century BC Chr .; 22mm, 4.22 g. Zeus head right, behind it scepter // winged lightning, round counterstamp: bee. SNG v. Aulock 4455; SNG France 2091; Kosmetikatou, Elizabeth, The Coinage of Lycian Termessos pros Oinoandois, in: Quaderni Ticinesi XXVII (1998), Series I, No. 39. SNG v. Aulock 4455. Brown patina,
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