Authentic Ancient Coin of:
Alexander III the Great - King of Macedonia 336-323 B.C.
Bronze 18mm (5.39 grams)
Struck under Alexander the Great 336-323 B.C.
Reference: Sear 6739 var.
Head of Hercules right, wearing the lion-skin headdress.
Hercules' weapons, bow in bow-case and club, in between.
Ear of grain below.
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HERCULES - This celebrated of mythological romance was at first called Alcides, but received the name of Hercules, or Heracles, from the Pythia of Delphos. Feigned by the poets of antiquity to have been a son of "the Thunderer," but born of an earthly mother, he was exposed, through Juno's implacable hatred to him as the offspring of Alemena, to a course of perils, which commenced whilst he was yet in his cradle, and under each of which he seemed to perish, but as constantly proved victorious.
At length finishing his allotted career with native valor and generosity, though too frequently the submissive agent of the meanness and injustice of others, he perished self-devotedly on the funeral pile, which was lighted on Mount Oeta. Jupiter raised his heroic progeny to the skies; and Hercules was honored by the pagan world, as the most illustrious of deified mortals. The extraordinary enterprises cruelly imposed upon, but gloriously achieved, by this famous demigod, are to be foun...