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Hercules (Herakles)

Thebes, Boiotia, Greece, c. 368 - 338 B.C.

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Pelinna, where this coin was found, was an ancient Greek city with a celebrated temple of Zeus Pelinnaeus, in Estiaeotis, ancient Thessaly. Pelinna was situated between Tricca and Pharcadon, near modern Palaiogardiki. The city gained particular prominence in the fourth century B.C. through its alliance with Philip II of Macedon.
GB74960. Bronze AE 12, cf. BCD Boiotia 530b, VF/aVF, weight 2.067 g, maximum diameter 12.4 mm, die axis 270o, Thebes mint, c. 368 - 338 B.C.; obverse youthful head of Herakles left, wearing Nemean Lion skin headdress; reverse club right laying on top of strung recurve bow with string downward, H above, ΘIΩN below (or similar, magistrate's name obscure); ex BCD with his tag noting, "Found at Pelinna in Thessaly, Jan. 1996, SFr. 30.-"; $40.00 (€35.60)
 


Selge, Pisidia, c. 2nd - 1st Century B.C.

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Selge, Pisidia on the southern slope of Mount Taurus where the river Eurymedon (Köprücay) forces its way through the mountains, was once the most powerful and populous city of Pisidia. Protected by precipices, torrents, and an army of 20,000 regarded as worthy kinsmen of the Spartans, Selge was never subject to a foreign power until Rome. In the 5th century A.D. Zosimus calls it a little town, but it was still strong enough to repel a body of Goths.
GB62873. Bronze AE 13, BMC Pisidia p. 261, 43; SNG BnF 1963 ff.; SNGvA 5287; SNG Cop -, F, weight 1.878 g, maximum diameter 12.8 mm, die axis 180o, Selge mint, c. 2nd - 1st century B.C.; obverse bearded head of Herakles facing slightly right, wreathed in styrax, Nemean Lion skin tied around neck, club in right over shoulder; reverse ΣE−Λ/K, stag laying right, head left; $36.00 (€32.04)
 


Selge, Pisidia, c. 2nd - 1st Century B.C.

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Selge, Pisidia on the southern slope of Mount Taurus where the river Eurymedon (Köprücay) forces its way through the mountains, was once the most powerful and populous city of Pisidia. Protected by precipices, torrents, and an army of 20,000 regarded as worthy kinsmen of the Spartans, Selge was never subject to a foreign power until Rome. In the 5th century A.D. Zosimus calls it a little town, but it was still strong enough to repel a body of Goths.
GB62876. Bronze AE 13, BMC Pisidia p. 261, 43; SNG BnF 1963 ff.; SNGvA 5287; SNG Cop -, GF, weight 2.820 g, maximum diameter 14.5 mm, die axis 0o, Selge mint, obverse bearded head of Herakles facing slightly right, wreathed in styrax, Nemean Lion skin tied around neck, club in right behind head and appearing over left shoulder; reverse ΣE−Λ/K, stag laying right, head left; $36.00 (€32.04)
 


Selge, Pisidia, c. 2nd - 1st Century B.C.

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Selge, Pisidia on the southern slope of Mount Taurus where the river Eurymedon (Köprücay) forces its way through the mountains, was once the most powerful and populous city of Pisidia. Protected by precipices, torrents, and an army of 20,000 regarded as worthy kinsmen of the Spartans, Selge was never subject to a foreign power until Rome. In the 5th century A.D. Zosimus calls it a little town, but it was still strong enough to repel a body of Goths.
GB62879. Bronze AE 11, BMC Pisidia p. 261, 43; SNG BnF 1963 ff.; SNGvA 5287; SNG Cop -, VF, weight 3.093 g, maximum diameter 11.4 mm, die axis 0o, Selge mint, c. 2nd - 1st century B.C.; obverse bearded head of Herakles facing slightly right, wreathed in styrax, Nemean Lion skin tied around neck, club in right behind head and appearing over left shoulder; reverse ΣE−Λ/K, stag laying right, head left; $36.00 (€32.04)
 


Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaeus and Alexander IV - Kassander, c. 323 - 310 B.C.

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Herakles is most often depicted on coinage wearing the scalp of the Nemean lion over his head. The first of Herakles' twelve labors, set by King Eurystheus (his cousin), was to slay the Nemean lion and bring back its skin. Herakles discovered arrows and his club were useless against it because its golden fur was impervious to mortal weapons. Its claws were sharper than swords and could cut through any armor. Herakles stunned the beast with his club and, using his immense strength, strangled it to death. During the fight the lion bit off one of his fingers. After slaying the lion, he tried to skin it with a knife from his belt, but failed. Wise Athena, noticing the hero's plight, told him to use one of the lion's own claws to skin the pelt.
GB76232. Bronze AE 19, Price 2800f, SNG München 919, Müller Alexander -, SNG Alpha Bank -, SNG Cop -, VF, well centered, rough, weight 5.193 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain Western Anatolia mint, c. 323 - 310 B.C., Possibly Struck by Antigonus I; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in lion-skin head-dress; reverse torch and club left, BAΣIΛEΩΣ downward in center, bow inside bow case right, A lower right, uncertain round countermark; $6.49 (€5.78)


Selge, Pisidia, 2nd - 1st Century B.C.

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Selge, Pisidia on the southern slope of Mount Taurus where the river Eurymedon (Köprücay) forces its way through the mountains, was once the most powerful and populous city of Pisidia. Protected by precipices, torrents, and an army of 20,000 regarded as worthy kinsmen of the Spartans, Selge was never subject to a foreign power until Rome. In the 5th century A.D. Zosimus calls it a little town, but it was still strong enough to repel a body of Goths.
GB62868. Bronze AE 17, SNG BnF 183; SNGvA 5291; BMC Pisidia p. 261, 43 (no spear); SNG Cop -, VF, weight 2.936 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, die axis 270o, Selge mint, 2nd - 1st century B.C.; obverse older bearded head of Herakles right; reverse unstrung bow above C-E divided by triskeles, thunderbolt below; $1.49 (€1.33)




  



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REFERENCES

Stoll, R. Herakles auf römischen Münzen. (Trier, 1999).
Voegtli, H. Bilder der Heldenepen in der kaiserzeitlichen griechischen Munzprägung. (Aesch, 1977).

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