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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Anatolia| > |Ionia| > |Other Ionia| > GS81305
Erythrai, Ionia, c. 200 - 133 B.C.
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 his cousin King Eurystheus, 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.
GS81305. Silver diobol, SNG Cop 682; BMC Ionia p. 135, 152; SNGvA -, gVF, Ionia, Erythrai (north of Ildiri, Turkey) mint, weight 1.657g, maximum diameter 12.1mm, die axis 90o, c. 200 -133 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles left, clad in lion skin head dress; reverse EPY, bow in case and club; scarce; SOLD











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