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Twelve Labours of Hercules - Nemean Lion $5 2oz .999 24k gold plated silver coin.
First coin in series. Hercules fight against the Nemean lion. The Nemean lion is invulnerable by his coat. Hercules strangled him and since then he used the lion's head as a helmet and the lion's skin as armor.
Mintage: only 500 pieces worldwide. Coin with box and numbered COA.
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|Face Value :||5 Dollars|
|Metal :||.999 Fine silver|
|Weight :||2 oz|
|Size :||45.00 mm|
|Quality :||Antique finish|
|Mintage :||Only 500 pcs. worldwide|
|Series :||Twelve Labours of Hercules|
|Certificate of Authenticity :||Yes|
|Original ETUI box/case :||Yes|
The twelve labours of Heracles or Hercules are a series of episodes concerning a penance carried out by Heracles, the greatest of the Greek heroes, whose name was later Romanised as Hercules. They were accomplished over 12 years at the service of King Eurystheus. The episodes were later connected by a continuous narrative. The establishment of a fixed cycle of twelve labours was attributed by the Greeks to an epic poem, now lost, written by Peisander, dated about 600 BC.
As they survive, the labours of Hercules are not recounted in any single place, but must be reassembled from many sources. Ruck and Staples assert that there is no one way to interpret the labours, but that six were located in the Peloponnese, culminating with the rededication of Olympia. Six others took the hero farther afield, to places that were, per Ruck, "all previously strongholds of Hera or the 'Goddess' and were Entrances to the Netherworld." In each case, the pattern was the same: Hercules was sent to kill or subdue, or to fetch back for Eurystheus (as Hera's representative) a magical animal or plant.
A traditional order of the labours is:
1.- Slay the Nemean Lion.
2.- Slay the nine-headed Lernaean Hydra.
3.- Capture the Ceryneian Hind.
4.- Capture the Erymanthian Boar.
5.- Clean the Augean stables in a single day.
6.- Slay the Stymphalian Birds.
7.- Capture the Cretan Bull.
8.- Steal the Mares of Diomedes.
9.- Obtain the girdle of Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons.
10.- Obtain the cattle of the monster Geryon.
11.- Steal the apples of the Hesperides.
12.- Capture and bring back Cerberus.
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