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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 1710. Estimate $4000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $3250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BITHYNIA, Heracleia Pontica. Gordian III. 238-244 AD. Æ 36mm (24.61 gm). M ANT GOPÐIANOC AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right, drapery on left shoulder / Herakles and the Lernaean hydra: HPAKLEWTAN MATP-OC APOIKWN POLIWN, Herakles standing left, nude, raising club far over his shoulder, about to beat to death the Hydra; quiver and bow behind. Waddington, Recueil 217; Babelon, Waddington Collection 360; Voegtli 2o, 2j, 14c; Cornell 98 (this coin). VF, dark green-brown patina, reverse encrustation, corrosion. ($4000)

From the David Simpson Collection. Same obverse die as the following lot, another 'Labors of Herakles' type. Ex Frank Sternberg Auktion XXII (20-21 November 1989), 335.