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Ancient Coinage of Lucania, Herakleia


Herakleia in Lucania, an ancient Samnite city near the Gulf of Tarentum, added to the Roman Empire after the Pyrrhic Wars of the 3rd Century BC.

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BMC 16Herakleia , Lucania. ca. 4th c. BC. AR diobol. 1.16 gr, 13mm. Youthful head of Herakles left, wearing lionskin headdress / RH, Lion walking left. BMC 16.TextImage
BMC 50Herakleia, Lucania. AR Didrachm, 7.65g; 21mm, 281-278 BC. Head of Athena right wearing laureate Corinthian helmet, HDR monogram to left between helmet and crest / |-HΡAKΛEIΩN, to right, magistrates name (FILW?) to left of Herakles atanding facing, inclined slightly to left, crowning himself with right hand, lionskin draped over left arm, club upright beneath arm, cornucopiae in left field. HN 1394; van Keuren 96; cf BMC 50.TextImage
HN Italy 1380Herakleia, Lucania, AR diobol, 340-330 BC. Head of Athena left, wearing plain Corinthian helmet / HERAKLHIWN, Herakles standing facing, fighting the Nemean lion, club in left field. HN Italy 1380.TextImage
HN Italy 1381Herakleia, Lucania, AR diobol, 340-330 BC. ca 1 gr. Head of Athena right, wearing Attic helmet, decorated with Scylla / Herakles standing front, head right, naked, holding bow and resting on club, crowned by Nike flying on left. Van Keuren 78; SNG ANS 70; Rutter HN Italy 1381.TextImage
HN Italy 1400Herakleia, Lucania, AR Nomos, 340-330 BC. 6.46 gr, 20.6mm. ALE EY I above, to left and beneath helmeted head of Athena right, wearing crested Corinthian helmeted decorated with Skylla hurling stone / HRAKLHIWN, Herakles standing half left, head right, naked, holding bow and resting on club, lionskin over left arm, owl in left field. HN Italy 1400.TextImage
HN Italy 1419Herakleia, Lucania, AR Drachm, c. 281-278 BC, 3,05 gr., 17mm. Helmeted head of Athena, three-quarters facing, Scylla on helmet / Owl standing right with wings closed, head facing, holding olive branch. HN Italy 1419.TextImage
HN Italy 1422Herakleia, Lucania, AR diobol, 12mm, 0.92 g. 281-278 BC. Helmeted head of Athena left / HRAKLEIWN, The infant Herakles sitting or squatting front, his arms forming a straight, slanting line from upper left to lower right, strangling a serpent in each hand, club at lower right. Mionnet I, 498; Van Keuren 125; HN Italy 1422.TextImage
HN Italy 1443Herakleia, Lucania. Circa 281-272 BC. AE 13mm. Skyphos (vase) / Quiver with strap and bow, HP ligate above. TextImage
SNG ANS 5vHerakleia, Lucania, AR Diobol. Bearded head of Herakles right, in lion skin headdress / HE, lion standing right. VanKeuren 23. TextImage
SNG ANS 8Herakleia, Lucania, AR Diobol. Beardless head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress / HE, Lion standing right. TextImage
SNG ANS 26ffHerakleia, Lucania. c433-330 BC. AR Diobol (1.04 gm). Head of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet decorated with hippocamp / Herakles kneeling right, wrestling with the Nemean lion; club to left. TextImage
SNG ANS 28Lucania, Herakleia AR Diobol. 4th Century BC. Head of Athena right / Herakles kneeling right, wrestling with the Nemean lion. TextImage
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SNG ANS 30Herakleia, Lucania AR Diobol. 4th Century BC. Head of Athena right / Herakles kneeling right, wrestling with the Nemean lion. TextImage
SNG ANS 33Herakleia, Lucania. ca 433-330 BC. AR Diobol. Head of Athena right, in Corinthian helmet decorated with hippocamp / Herakles kneeling right, head facing, wrestling with the Nemean lion; EP upper right, club left. TextImage
SNG ANS 64Herakleia, Lucania. ca 390-340 BC. AR Nomos. Head of Athena right, in Corinthian helmet decorated with Skylla hurling a stone; DKF right / |-HΡAKΛHIΩN, Herakles standing facing, upper torso turned right, wrestling with the Nemean lion; club to left, owl between legs, KAL above club. TextImage
SNG ANS 66Herakleia, Lucania. ca 390-340 BC. AR Nomos. Head of Athena right, in Corinthian helmet decorated with Skylla hurling a stone; EY right / |-HΡAKΛI-ΩN, Herakles standing facing, upper torso turned right, wrestling with the Nemean lion; club to left, jug between legs, APOL left of club. TextImage
SNG ANS 77Herakleia, Lucania. ca 281-278 BC. AR Nomos. |-HΡAKΛIΩ-N, head of Athena right, in Corinthian helmet decorated with Skylla hurling a stone; letter behind head / Herakles standing facing, holding club in right hand, bow & arrow in left, lion's skin draped over left arm; owl on club, ARIS left. TextImage
SNG ANS 78Herakleia, Lucania. ca 281-278 BC. AR Nomos. |-HΡAKΛIΩ-N, head of Athena right, in Corinthian helmet decorated with Skylla hurling a stone; letter behind head / Herakles standing facing, holding club in right hand, bow & arrow in left, lion's skin draped over left arm; owl on club, ARIS left. TextImage
SNG ANS 81Lucania, Herakleia. Circa 281-278 BC. AR Drachm. Head of Athena facing three-quarters right, wearing Attic helmet with Skylla hurling a stonet / Owl on branch. TextImage
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SNG ANS 81vHerakleia, Lucania. c281-278 BC. AR Drachm. Head of Athena facing 3/4-right, in Attic helmet with Skylla hurling a stone; monogram to left, E to right / Owl standing right on olive branch, club left, FILW right. TextImage
SNG ANS 93Herakleia, Lucania. ~278-276 BC. AR Nomos. Helmeted head of Athena right, Hippocamp on helmet / Herakles standing with club, lion skin and oenochoe over altar; thunderbolt to right. TextImage
SNG ANS 95Herakleia, Lucania AR Stater. Early Pyrrhic Period, 281-278 BC. Head of Athena left, in helmet decorated with griffin / Herakles standing facing, ΦIΛO in field left. TextImage
SNG ANS 97Herakleia, Lucania. ca 276-250 BC. AR Nomos. |-HΡAKΛEΩN, head of Athena left, in Corinthian helmet decorated with a griffin / Herakles standing facing, holding club in right hand, lion's skin draped over left arm; owl on club, FILO left, Nike flying in right field crowning Herakles. TextImage
SNG ANS 99Herakleia, Lucania. Circa 281-272 BC. AE 18mm. Head of Demeter left / Grain-ear. Rutter HN 1442. TextImage
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Sear #616
Lucania, Herakleia AE19 Obol. c300-250 BC. |-HΡAKΛEIΩN below two figures of Herakles standing left, each holding patera & club / Athena standing left, sacrificing from patera over a flaming altar, holding spear, shield & torch. BMC 56, SNG ANS 100, SNGCop 1138. TextImage
SNG ANS 103Herakleia, Lucania, c. 281-early 1st c. BC. AE13. Helmeted head of Athena right / |-HΡAKΛEIΩN, Herakles standing left, lionís skin on left arm and club on left shoulder. SNG ANS 103. SNG Cop. 1139.TextImage
SNG ANS 123Herakleia, Lucania. Circa 281-272 BC. AE 14mm. Helmeted head of Athena facing / HΡAKΛEIΩN, Trophy. Rutter HN 1436. TextImage
SNG Cop 1139Herakleia, Lucania, AE 13, Head of Athena right wearing crested Corinthian helmet, unclear symbol behind head / HΡAKΛEIΩN, Herakles standing left, holding club in left arm, lion's skin draped over left arm and patera in right hand. SNG Cop. 1139; cf Mionnet 1, 521.TextImage
van Keuren 3Herakleia, Lucania AR Nomos. ca 420/415-390 BC. Head of Athena right, in crested helmet decorated with a large griffin / |-HΡAKΛEIΩN, Herakles standing facing, upper torso turned right, wrestling with the Nemean lion; club & bow to left, grain ear left. TextImage
van Keuren 114Herakleia, Lucania AR Drachm. ca 281-278 BC. Three-quarter facing head of Athena, head turned slightly right, in triple-crested helmet decorated with Skylla hurling a stone, Φ left / |-HΡAKΛEIΩN, owl standing right on olive branch; SWSI left, club right. SNG ANS -. TextImage
Sear #386Lucania, Herakleia AR Diobol. Circa 432-380 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress / HE (retrograde) above lion crouching right. BMC 3, SNG Cop 1100.
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Sear #387Lucania, Herakleia. c433-330 BC. AR Diobol. Head of Athena right, in Corinthian helmet decorated with hippocamp / Herakles wrestling with the Nemean lion; HE above, club left. Weber 703, BMC 9. TextImage
Sear #389Lucania, Herakleia AR Didrachm. 370-281 BC. Helmeted head of Athena right / Herakles right strangling Nemean Lion. BMC 28.
(3 examples)
Sear #391Herakleia, Lucania, AR Didrachm. 370-281 BC. HΡAKΛHIΩN, head of Athena right in crested Corinthian helmet ornamented with Skylla, letter behind head / |-HΡAKΛHIΩN, Herakles standing facing with club, bow & lionskin, symbol in left field. BMC 33.
(3 examples)
Sear #392Lucania, Herakleia, AR Didrachm. Head of Athena left in crested helmet decorated with Skylla / |-HΡAKΛHIΩN, Herakles right wrestling the Nemean Lion. BMC 41. TextImage
Sear #615Lucania, Herakleia AE20. 330-228 BC. Head of Persephone left, wreathed with corn / HΡAKΛEIΩN, ear of corn. BMC 54. TextImage
Sear #616Lucania, Herakleia AE19 Obol. c300-250 BC. HΡAKΛEIΩN below two figures of Herakles standing left, each holding patera & club / Athena standing left, sacrificing from patera over a flaming altar, holding spear, shield & torch. BMC 56, SNG ANS 100, SNGCop 1138. TextImage
See also: Perseus Project database, coins of Herakleia
Magna Graecia Coins of Herakleia
Entry for Lucania, Herakleia on the Digital Historia Numorum
Search for Herakleia in the British SNG Volumes' Database at the Fitzwilliam Museum

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