IONIA. ERYTHRAE. Ca. 550-500 BC.
Electrum hecte, 2.58 g., 11 mm.
Obv. Head of Herakles wearing the lion skin to left.
Rev. Quadripartite incuse square.
SNG Kayhan 737-738; SNG von Aulock 1492; Pozzi 2373-2375.
NGC graded CHOICE VF, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5, NGC # 4165744-007. Herakles ( Roman Hercules ) was the greatest hero of antiquity, the son of Zeus and a mortal woman, he became the symbol of human struggle as he had to overcome 12 great tasks(the Twelve Labors) imposed on him by the gods. The lion skin, which he is shown wearing on this coin, was obtained by defeating the Nemean lion during the First Labor.