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Taras, Calabria, Italy, c. 325 - 285 B.C.
The first of Herakles' twelve labors, set by his cousin King Eurystheus, 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.
GS88949. Silver diobol, Vlasto 1381 (same dies), HN Italy 914, gVF, toned, small scrape on cheek, light marks, mild porosity, tiny edge cracks, Taras (Taranto, Italy) mint, weight 1.014g, maximum diameter 12.6mm, die axis 0o
, c. 325 - 285 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right wearing crested Attic helmet ornamented with a hippocamp; reverse Herakles standing slightly left, nude, upper body and head turned right, with both hands and arms lifting and strangling the Nemean lion, TAP and vertical club in left field; ex Numismatik Lanz; $140.00
Catalog current as of Monday, August 19, 2019.
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