Drachma: Herakles (Obverse); Club and Bow Case (Reverse)

Drachma: Herakles (Obverse); Club and Bow Case (Reverse)

387-300 BC

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Silver

Diameter: 2 cm (13/16 in.)

Weight: 3.629 g (0.13 oz)

Die axis: 3

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1917.993

Location

Did you know?

The hero Herakles appears on coinage from city-states across the Greek world.

Description

One of many city-states to include the hero Herakles–here shown beardless and wearing his lion-skin–on its coinage, Erythrae lies on the Ionian coast, near the island of Chios. The reverse features the inscriptions ΕΡΥ (for Erythrae) and ΔΙΟΝΥΣΙΟΣ, likely the name of a magistrate. Also present are a small owl and kantharos (wine cup), plus the club and bow case of Herakles.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Coins
Medium: 
Silver

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