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Rare Depiction of Herakles and Diomedes

CNG 91, Lot: 765. Estimate $200.
Sold for $575. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. Æ Drachm (32mm, 25.36 g, 12h). Labors of Herakles series. Dated RY 10 (AD 146/7). Laureate head right / Herakles standing right, nude but for lion skin over arm, holding fallen Diomedes by the hair against his thigh and swinging club, Diomedes reaches up to grab the arm of Herakles; shield to right; above, ΔЄKATO[Y] (date) to right. Köln 1541 (same dies); Dattari (Savio) 2614; K&G 35.347. Fair, brown surfaces, green deposits, cleaning scratches. Very rare.

From the Greenpoint Collection.

The eighth of the twelve labors of Herakles.