Making and Spending Money along the Bosporus : The Lysimachi Coinages Minted by Byzantium and Chalcedon

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Pub. Date: 2005-09-30
Publisher(s): Univ of Michigan Pr
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On Alexander the Great's abrupt death, his lieutenants divided his empire with the sword. One of the "successor kings" was Lysimachus, who managed to grab much of northern Greece and what is now Turkey. The history of Lysimachus' reign is unfortunately sketchy, but much of the evidence we do have has come from the very many coins Lysimachus struck, using the image of Alexander for political support. Making and Spending Money along the Bosporus explores this complex and attractive coinage in two of Lysimachus' more important cities -- Byzantium and Chalcedon, on either shore of the Bosporus. The volume also investigates the long-term partnership, both political and economic, between these two major centers. The extensive coinages produced by Byzantium and Chalcedon offer unique opportunities to economic historians and art historians of the period: Constantin Marinescu explores the wealth of evidence on monetary policy and on the workings of the mints, both artistic and metallurgical, that these beautiful coins offer. Such valuable evidence from the Hellenistic period has regrettably long been overlooked. Constantin Marinescu helps correct that lack, in this thorough and attractive volume.

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