My First Hecules

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  1. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    The following coin is my first and only one showing Hercules on reverse. I like it and had always wished to acquire Hercules in " my pocket". The coin was struck under Gallienus, radiate and cuirassed bust right. Hercules is holding a club, as usual, and surprisingly an apple. Maybe eating an apple a day would make him stronger. I thought in this thread, we can recall his works ( 7 ). It weighs 4.06 g. Asian Mint- RIC 623 . Please post your coins with Hercules.

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  3. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    Yeah, Hercules needs to hit the gym a little bit doesn't he?

    I don't have many coins with Hercules on them, here's my Indo-Scythian Hercules chillin' on rock with his club.

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  4. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    The apple is a reference to Hercules' 11th labor.

    Here's a roach with a Hercules reverse, which I posted a few months ago in a similar thread:

    Gordian III VIRTVTI AVGVSTI Antoninianus.jpg
    Gordian III AD 238-244
    Roman AR Antoninianus; 5.52 g, 23.2 mm, 2:00
    Rome, AD 241-243
    Obv: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, radiate and draped bust, right
    Rev: VIRTVTI AVGVSTI, Hercules standing right, right hand on hip, left holding lion's skin and resting on club set on rock
    Refs: RIC 95; Cohen 404; RCV 8670; Hunter 71.
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  5. gsimonel

    gsimonel Supporter! Supporter

    I just got this one in the mail two days ago:
    Constantine I ("the Great"), A.D. 307-337
    Ticinum mint, A.D. 307-308
    RIC 99
    Rev: VIRTVS PER-PETVA AVG - Hercules, strangling Nemean lion; club behind left leg
    ST in exergue
    26 mm, 7.1 g.
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  6. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Hercules sure played a prominent role in Ancient coins
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: Bust of Hercules left, wearing lion's skin headdress, club over shoulder
    REVERSE: two horses left, rider on the nearer horse, dot X; TI Q and rat below, DOS.S in incuse on tablet in ex.
    Struck at Rome 112-111 BC
    3.92g, 18mm
    Cr297/1;Quinctia 6
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  7. Gavin Richardson

    Gavin Richardson Well-Known Member

  8. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Hercules wrestling with the Nemean lion Poblicius.jpg
    AR Serratus Denarius
    OBVERSE: ROMA, draped bust of Roma right, helmeted & decorated with corn ears, control mark letter above
    REVERSE: C•POBLICI•Q•F, Hercules strangling the Nemean lion, club at his feet
    Struck at Rome 80 BC
    3.88g, 16mm
    Cr380/1, Syd 768, Poblicia 9
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  9. Publius

    Publius Active Member

    Here's one more Hercules wrestling with the Nemean lion
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    Septimius Severus AD 193 - 211
    Æ18; 3,65 g., 18 mm
    Hercules standing left, strangling the Nemean lion.
    Marcianopolis Mint, Moesia Inferior
    Moushmov 397
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  10. rrdenarius

    rrdenarius non omnibus dormio Supporter

    Anonymous Quadras on Uncia Tintinna e51L1008 12.19.15.jpg Hercules struck over Roma

    cast RR bronze of Hercules

    The RR series had Herc on the obv of 3 dotters (Quadrans of 1/4 of an As).
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  11. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    In his eleventh labor, Hercules obtained the golden apples from the Garden of Hesperides, guarded by the sleepless dragon Ladon and the giant Atlas.
    I'm still curious to know what does the apple represent in the hand of Venus, Roman goddess of love ?

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  12. dlhill132

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  13. alde

    alde Always Learning

    Nice coins all. I just have the one Hadrian with Hercules reverse. Hadrian AR Denarius Hercules Seated Right holding Victory RIC 148d.jpg
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  14. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Two AR diobols from Taras in the 4-3rd centuries BC show two views of Hercules (Herakles) and the lion.

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  15. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    That is the golden apple, awarded to Venus/Aphrodite by Paris. Read about the judgement of Paris here.
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  16. TJC

    TJC Well-Known Member

    Nice Gallienus / Hercules!! Heres mine:) Yours is nicer.
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    Very nice!
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