Statement of Significance for Tetradrachm of Lysimachus of Thrace c. 297/2–282/1 BCE

A Statement of Significance (SoS):
? summarizes the description, heritage value and character-defining elements of a place or object
? reflects modern values concerning history and historic places or objects
? identifies what part of history a historic place or object represents, and how and why that is of value and importance today
Your Statement of Significance should include the following sub-headings:
? What is significant?
? How is it significant?
? Why is it significant?
Your Report (Statement of Significance) should be prefaced by a short historical overview (or introduction) which contextualises the object.
Article 1.2 of the Burra Charter (1999) defines cultural heritage significance as follows: aesthetic, historic, scientific, social or spiritual value for past, present or future generations. Cultural significance is embodied in the place or object itself, its fabric, setting, use, associations, meanings, records, related places and related items. Places or objects may have a range of values for different individuals or groups.
Briefly describe the cultural heritage significance of the object using the four categories of significance defined in the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter (see below). Your report must indicate the degree of significance you consider the object to have under each category and supporting evidence must be provided. Sites or objects may have significance in one or more of these categories:
• aesthetic significance
• historic significance
• scientific significance
• social or spiritual significance.
Tetradrachm of Lysimachus of Thrace c. 297/2–282/1 BCE
‘The conquests of Alexander III of Macedon, known as ‘Alexander the Great’, changed the world for ever. This coin has his image on it, even though it was minted by one of his successors. Lysimachus, one of Alexander’s generals (reigned 305-281 BC), was allotted the kingdom of Thrace in Northern Greece, to which he later added parts of western Asia Minor (modern Turkey).’
Virtual Museum:
British Museum:
Specific references:
Pemberton, E., Tetradrachm of Lysimachus of Thrace’, in C. McAuliffe and P. Yule, Treasures: Highlights of the Cultural Collections of the University of Melbourne, The Miegunyah Press: Carlton, 2003, pp. 74–75.
Ridley, R., The Classical Coin, University of Melbourne Gallery, 1974, no. 65.
General references:
Carradice, I.A. and Price, M.J., Coinage in the Greek World, London, Seaby, 1988.
Carradice, I.A., Greek Coins, London, The British Museum Press, 1996.
Jenkins, G.K., Ancient Greek Coins, London, Seaby, 1990.
Mørkholm, O., Early Hellenistic Coinage, Cambridge University Press, 1991.
For examples of selected ‘Statements of significance’ see:The Royal Exhibition Buildings and Carlton Gardens:;228
Viewbank Homestead:;5374
Eureka Flag:;14135

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