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680742
Sale: Triton VIII, Lot: 742. Estimate $300. 
Closing Date: Monday, 10 January 2005. 
Sold For $450. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THRACE, Hadrianopolis. Gordian III. 238-244 AD. Æ 29mm (9.36 gm, 7h). AVT K M ANT GORDIANOC AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / ADRIANO POLEITWN, Hercules standing facing, nude but for lion's skin tied around shoulders, holding club in right hand, dragging Cerberus from the Underworld with left. Youroukova 640 (V2270/R614); BMC Thrace -; SNG Copenhagen -; Varbanov 2358. Good VF, glossy green patina. ($300)

From the Garth R. Drewry Collection.

This, the most terrible and difficult of Hercules' labors, required him to invade Hades itself. He was to bring back the three headed watchdog Cerberus. With the help of Athena and Hermes the task was accomplished.