Coins, Tokens, Historical Medals and Antiquities (2 & 3 June 2021)

Date of Auction: 2nd & 3rd June 2021

Sold for £440

Estimate: £400 - £600

Roman/Celtic, bronze of Heracles (Hercules), 1st cent. AD, 8.7cm x 5cm, standing nude muscular male figure with the weight on his right foot, left leg slightly bent to the side, club in right hand, wine cup in left hand with a lion-skin draped over his arm, head facing forward with circular protruding eyes, thick bearded jaw and hair bound in a fillet surmounted with a wreath. Very fine condition with a green patina £400-£600


Provenance: P. Dawson Collection.

This representation of Herakles is indicative of the event when he challenged Dionysus to a drinking contest, which Dionysus won