Many ancient coins depict the gods and goddesses of the Greeks, Romans and other ancient cultures. Collecting as many different gods and goddesses as possible is a fun, educational and affordable collecting theme. Every ancient gods and goddesses has their mythical function, biography, lineage and other facts and fictions that make them interesting. Here we will present as many different gods and goddesses as we can and provide some of the stories about them that fascinate us. We hope they fascinate you too.
Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior
The first of Herakles' twelve labors, set by King Eurystheus (his cousin), was to slay the Nemean lion and bring back its skin. It could not be killed with mortal weapons because its golden fur was impervious to attack. 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.
RP56080. Bronze AE 21, H-J Marcianopolis 126.96.36.199 (R2), Varbanov I 733 var (obv legend, R4), AMNG I/I 585 var (same), VF, nice green patina, weight 3.415 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, Markianopolis (Devnya, Bulgaria) mint, obverse AV Λ CEΠT CEVHPOC, laureate, draped and cuirassedbust right, from behind; reverse MAPKIANOΠOΛITΩN, Herakles strangling the Nemean lion; $85.00 (€73.95)
Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.
Herakles' fourth labor was to capture the giant fear-inspiring Erymanthian Boar that lived on Mount Erymanthos in the primitive highlands of Arcadia. The centaur Chiron advised Herakles to drive the boar into thick snow. Herakles caught the boar and carried it back to Eurystheus, who was frightened, hid and begged Herakles to get rid of the beast. Three days later, Eurystheus, still trembling with fear, sent Herakles to clean the Augean stables.
RB65623. Copper quadrans, RIC II 702 var, BMCRE III 1062 var, Cohen II 341 var, SRCV II 3248 var (all refs Hercules is diademed, not laureate), VF, green patina with some edge flaking, weight 1.454 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 101 A.D.; obverseIMP CAES TRAIAN AVG GERM, laureate bustHercules right, Nemean lion skin tied around his neck; reverseErymanthian Boar walking right, S C in exergue; scarce; $80.00 (€69.60)
Valerian II, Caesar, Early 256 - 258 A.D.
The infant Jupiter was suckled by the goat Amaltheia on Mount Ida.
RA65663. Silver antoninianus, Göbl MIR 907e, SRCV III 10731, RIC V 3 (Lugdunum), RSC IV 26, VF, weight 2.987 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 180o, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne) mint, 1st emission, 257 - 258 A.D.; obverse VALERIANVS CAES, radiate and draped bust right, from behind; reverseIOVI CRESCENTI, child Jupiter riding right on goat, looking back, raising right hand; $80.00 (€69.60)