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Constantius I, May 305 - 25 July 306 A.D., The Eleventh Labour of Hercules
Hercules' 11th labor was to steal three of Hera's immortality-giving golden apples from the Garden of the Hesperides, guarded by Ladon, a never-sleeping, hundred-headed dragon. Hercules asked Atlas to steal the apples, agreeing to hold up the world so Atlas could complete the task. Atlas returned but refused to take back his burden. Hercules, pretending to enjoy the task, asked Atlas to hold the world while he made a pad of the lion skin. He never took back the burden and ran away.
SH53629. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 670, Cohen VII 299, gVF, areas of encrustation, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, weight 4.103g, maximum diameter 22.8mm, die axis 0o
, 294 A.D.; obverse FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB C, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS AVGG (valor of the two emperors), Hercules in the Garden of the Hesperides, standing half right, club in right, apple in left, apple tree entwined with serpent right, XXIT in exergue; very rare and desirable
Catalog current as of Wednesday, August 21, 2019.
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