obverse bust
Obverse: Roma
Reverse: Hercules strangling the Nemean lion

C. Poblicius Q.f. 80 BC 18mm 2.9gm Silver Serrate Denarius

Lot 192 in our auction saturday 16th November 2019

Labours of Hercules

First, Apollo sent Hercules to the hills of Nemea to kill a lion  It could not be killed with mortals’ weapons because its golden fur was impervious to attack. Its claws were sharper than mortals’ swords and could cut through any armor. The Nemean lion was terrorizing the people of Nemea. Hercules trapped the lion in its cave and strangled it. For the rest of his life, he wore the animal’s impervious pelt as a cloak.