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Sale: Triton VIII, Lot: 747. Estimate $2000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 10 January 2005. 
Sold For $2000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THRACE, Perinthus. Caracalla. 198-217 AD. Æ 41mm-Medallion (46.19 gm, 7h). AYT K M AVP CEOVHP ANTWNINOC AUG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / PERINQIWN NEWKO RWN, nude Hercules standing facing, head right, holding club resting on ground in right hand, lion's skin draped over left arm, looking at the apple tree of the Hesperides, around which is wrapped the coiled body of the serpent Ladon. Schönert-Geiss, Perinthus -; BMC Thrace -; SNG Copenhagen -; Voegtli -; Varbanov 3931 (this coin). VF, dark brown patina, minor roughness. ($2000)

From the Garth R. Drewry Collection. Ex Triton III (30 November-1 December 1999), lot 742.

For this labor, Hercules was sent to secure the holy, golden apples of the Hesperides (The Hesperides were Atlas' daughters to whom Hera had entrusted the tree that grew the apples, but they were caught pilfering the apples; Hera thereafter appointed the serpent Ladon as guardian). The apples were secured with the help of Atlas who picked them for Hercules.