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Herakles Coin

In ancient Athens or Corinth, bustling marketplaces teemed with history, like the small, significant ancient Greek coins held in your hand. These coins, beyond mere currency, embodied art, culture, and innovation. Greek coinage emerged in the 6th century BCE amidst the flourishing city-states of Greece, marking a shift from barter to standardized currency. They facilitated trade, spurred economic growth, and bolstered ancient civilizations' prosperity. Each city-state minted distinct coins adorned with intricate designs reflecting their culture, deities, and legends. From Athens' iconic owl to Sparta's warrior motifs, these coins narrated tales of their era, showcasing human ingenuity through miniature artworks crafted by skilled artisans.

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Island of Karia, Kos. Tetradrachm depicting the bearded Herakles facing left, with a lion skin headdress. On the reverse a crab with a club. 300-190 BC.

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