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Electronic Auction 561

Lot nuber 439

LYDIA, Sardis. Caracalla. AD 198-217. Æ (24.5mm, 7.86 g, 6h). Fine.

Electronic Auction 561
Lot: 439.
 Estimated: $ 100

Roman Provincial, Bronze

Sold For $ 225. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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LYDIA, Sardis. Caracalla. AD 198-217. Æ (24.5mm, 7.86 g, 6h). Radiate head right / Herakles advancing right, leading the Cretan Bull by the horns and holding club. Hochard 2020 (D230/R516) = Kurth 528 = BMC 164. Dark brown patina with earthen deposits, cleaning scratches. Fine. Very rare, the third known example.

From the Hesiod Collection. Ex N&N Online Auction 7 (14 August 2022), lot 204.

This reverse type has two variations, both extremely rare. One naming the archon Antonius Rufus (Kurth 506; known from only three specimens), and this type with only the city name on the reverse. Kurth knew of only the BM specimen at the time of her publication. This appears to be the third known specimen of an already rare type.

Compelled to capture the bull as his seventh Labor, Herakles sailed to Crete. Minos, the king of Crete, gave the hero permission to take the bull away, as it had been causing destruction on the island. Herakles subdued the Bull with his bare hands, and shipped it back to Athens. Although Eurystheus wished to sacrifice the Bull to Hera, the goddess refused the sacrifice because it reflected glory on her sworn enemy. The bull was released and wandered into the town of Marathon, where it became known as the Marathonian Bull.

Closing Date and Time: 1 May 2024 at 12:26:00 ET.

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