Dionysus and Hercules Tetradrachm Pendant

Item #7576
$1,400.00

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  • Obverse: Dionysus
  • Reverse: Hercules
  • Date: 148 - 80 BC, Grade: Very Fine
  • Mint: Island of Thasos, Thrace
  • Silver Tetradrachm Coin in 14k Gold Pendant, Weight 24g
  • Framed Coin Size: 38mm Diameter, 6mm Bail Opening
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This coin was minted in Thasos, a rich and fertile island off of the southern coast of Thrace, which possessed famous gold mines. The obverse depicts Dionysus, who was the son of Zeus and a major figure in Greek mythology as the God of wine, agriculture and theater. He was also the Liberator, freeing one from one's normal self and to bring an end to care and worry with music, ecstasy, and wine.
Dionysus is also well known for granting King Midas his choice of any reward he wanted. The King asked that whatever he touches should be changed into gold. Midas rejoiced in his new power until he turned his daughter and his food into gold. After begging Dionysus, he was told to wash his hands in the river Pactolus, which changed the river sands into gold and explained to the ancients why the sands of the Pactolus were rich in gold.
The reverse side of this coin shows Hercules, the greatest of all the Greek heroes, holding a club and lions skin. Hercules, the son of Zeus, was worshiped by the ancient Greeks for the stories of his extraordinary strength, courage, and ingenuity. He was best known for accomplishing the 12 Labours, which included killing the Nemean Lion, destroying the Hydra and capturing the Cretan Bull.