Pamphylia, Sillyum, Faustina II. AE 37. Hercules with Eurystheus. One of three known.

Pamphylia, Sillyum, Faustina II. AE 37. Hercules with Eurystheus. One of three known.

Pamphylia. Sillyum. Faustina II, reign of Antoninus Pius or Marcus Aurelius. AE 37 mm. 23.4 gm. Obv: ΦΑΥϹΤΙΝΑ ϹƐΒΑϹΤΗ. Draped bust of Faustina II wearing stephane, right. Rev ϹΙΛΛΥƐΩΝ, Herakles standing right, club in left hand, before Eurystheus who is sitting left on a rock with an attendant standing left at his side, holding spear. Bull left above, another bull left beneath the throne. SNG Pfalz 921. RPC IV.3 online 11620.2 (this coin). The third known specimen. Very Rare. Eurystheus was the king of Tiryns, and favoured by Hera. With the consent of Zeus, Eurystheus assigned a set of twelve labours to Herakles. Depicted on the reverse of this rare coin Herakles has completed his first labour, with the skin of the Nemean lion over his shoulder. What appears to be the slain Hydra lying at the feet of Eurystheus would indicate that the hero is receiving instructions for his next labour.

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