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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Anatolia| > |Caria| > |Kos| > GS91822
Kos, Carian Islands, c. 345 - 340 B.C.
Herakles was traveling by sea when Hera, who hated him, sent a storm, sinking his boats. Hercules and only a few friends survived, swimming to Kos. Once ashore they asked a shepherd for food and shelter. The shepherd refused and insulted Hercules and they fought. People from nearby Antimachia joined the fight against Hercules. Hercules and his friends slipped into a house, disguised as women, and escaped. Another town welcomed Hercules and declared war on Antimachia. Hercules killed the king of Antimachia and married the newly elected king's sister, Halkiopi. Their son, Thessalos, would later be the king of Kos and Nisyros.
GS91822. Silver didrachm, cf. BMC Caria p. 195, (β) later style, 20 ff.; SNG Keckman 289; SNG Cop 621; HGC 6 1306 (R1), Fair/EF, obverse damaged, very rough, reverse off center, ethnic and magistrate name off flan, Kos mint, weight 5.866g, maximum diameter 18.4mm, die axis 0o, c. 345 - 340 B.C.; obverse bearded head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion scalp headdress; reverse veiled female (Halkiopi?) head left, [BITΩN] or [Φ</>IΛO] (magistrate) behind, [KΩION] below; rare; $120.00










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