Drachm: Head of Herakles (obverse); Club, Bow Case (reverse)

387–300 BCE
Diameter: 2 cm (13/16 in.)
Weight: 3.629 g (0.13 oz)
Location: not on view
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The hero Herakles appears on coinage from city-states across the Greek world.


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.
Drachm: Head of Herakles (obverse); Club, Bow Case (reverse)

Drachm: Head of Herakles (obverse); Club, Bow Case (reverse)

387–300 BCE

Greek, minted at Erythrai (Ionia)

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