Lion / Herakles. Lydia. Thyateira. AE13. Pseudo-Autonomous Issue

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  1. TJC

    TJC Well-Known Member

    Here is a small Lion / Herakles 2nd-3rd Century I could not resist. It's style reminds me of older, BCE coins IMHO. I have focused on 3rd century collecting these last few years so this fits my collection quite nicely!:)
    Feel free to post your Herakles / Lion coins!:)

    LionLydiaThyateiraO1x339.jpg LionLydiaThyateiraRx339.jpg
    Lydia. Thyateira. AE13 Pseudo-Autonimous Issue
    Date: 2nd-3rdCenturies AD
    O: Head of Herakles rt.
    Rx: Lion Walking rt.
    13.89 mm. 1.43 grams
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  3. Roman Collector

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    What a fun little coin!

    Here are a couple of little ones with Herakles and the Nemian lion.

    Septimius Severus, AD 193-211.
    Roman provincial Æ 18.6 mm, 4.37 g, 7 h.
    Moesia Inferior, Marcianopolis, AD 193-211.
    Obv: ΑV Κ CΕΠΤΙ CΕΥΗΡΟC Π, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
    Rev: MAPKIA-NOΠOΛITΩ-N, Herakles standing left, wrestling the Nemean lion.
    Refs: AMNG I 585 v.; Varbanov 710; Moushmov 397; H&J; Mionnet Suppl. 2, 126.

    Julia Domna, AD 193-217.
    Roman provincial Æ 16.8 mm, 4.33 g, 1 h.
    Moesia Inferior, Marcianopolis, AD 193-211.
    Obv: IOVΛIA ΔO-MNA CEB, bare-headed and draped bust right.
    Rev: MAPKIANOΠOΛITΩN, Herakles standing right, wrestling the Nemean lion.
    Refs: AMNG I 606; Varbanov 673; Moushmov 419; SNG Copenhagen --; SNG Budapest --.
  4. TJC

    TJC Well-Known Member

    @ Roman Collector, those are both awesome! I do not have an ancient wrestling the lion version, but it is on my list to get.
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  5. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    What a really COOL coin, @TJC ! I like the Lion graphics, and Herakles reminds me of Celtiberian coins (BCE) from Osca

    HERCules / Lion version

    Roman Republic
    AR Denarius serratus 3.94g Rome mint
    Flan wgt control gouge reverse (Stannard al marco Scoop)
    Hercules strnglng
    Nemean lion club quiver
    Craw 380-1 Syd 768

    OSCA Celtiberia

    OSCA CeltIberia, Spain/Hispania
    AR Denarius
    204-154 BCE.
    Head r beard -N behind -
    Horseman spear, Iberian PMAN BOLSCAN
    Burgos 1501 Villaronga 3
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  6. SorenCoins

    SorenCoins Well-Known Member

    Those are neat coins. I had not heard of the story of Heracles and the Nemean lion until now! Very neat to see the stories of mythology take place on coins.
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  7. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    How ‘bout a Melk(q)art / Herakles and Lion version...


    Carthage-LIBYAN UPRISING - Mercenaries issue
    Mercenary War 241-238 BCE
    7.36g AR DiShekel
    Melqart / Herakles Head in Lion's Head-
    Lion walking; Punic M above; LIBYA below
    R SNG Cop 240f

    Coins were struck in the name of Libya and "M", which has been taken as either "machanat" - the Camp (of the mercenaries), or perhaps Matho, their leader
  8. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    I forgot that I had this one: HERAKLES / LION

    Kassander 316-297 BCE
    Lion reclining
    SNG Cop 1140
  9. TJC

    TJC Well-Known Member

    @ Alegondron, all of those are great! A Kassander has been on my list for long time bit have not pulled the trigger on any. Your RR Herakles wrestling the lion is very nice; it is of a style that I prefer. Is it just me or your Melqart an over strike? Cool effect "epsilon?" in the middle of the lions body IMO.
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