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    Mint State 'Star' Fine Style Fourth Labor of Hercules

    Probus (AD 276-282). AV aureus (21mm, 5.97 gm, 12h). NGC MS★ 5/5 - 4/5, Fine Style, marks. Siscia, 5th emission, AD 278. IMP C M AVR P-ROBVS P F AVG, laureate bust of Probus left, wearing imperial mantle, scepter surmounted by eagle in right hand / HERCVLI ERY-MANTHIO, Hercules standing right, carrying the Erymanthian boar over his shoulder. RIC V.II -, cf. 587 (P instead of PF obverse legend, bust type with Probus also holding a branch). Calicó 5146. CNG, Triton III, (1999), lot 1168 (this obverse die). NAC 39, (2007), lot 169 (this obverse die).

    From the Morris Collection. Ex Numismatica Ars Classica, Auction 27 (12 May 2004), lot 485.

    A choice depiction for the fourth labor of Hercules, the live capture of the Erymanthian boar. The aggressive boar lived on the Erymanthus mountain and each day it would come down and attack everything in its path. Heracles awoke early and found the boar still on the mountain and after chasing it around the mountain several times, he drove the exhausted boar into a snow patch where it became hopelessly stuck. He then trapped the boar in a net and carried it all the way to Mycenae; his arrival depicted on this aureus.




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