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Ancient Greek Didrachm, Crab and Eagle

Ancient Greek Didrachm, Crab and Eagle


Ancient Greek silver didrachm, circa 480-470 B.C. Obverse: AK PA / Eagle standing, left. Reverse: Crab in incuse circle. Mint: Sicily- Akragas. Coin silver in handcrafted 14Kt yellow gold frame. Certificate of Authenticity.

KARKINOS (Carcinus) was a giant crab which came to the aid of the Hydra in its battle with Herakles at Lerna. The hero crushed it beneath his foot but as a reward for its service the goddess Hera placed it amongst the stars as the constellation Cancer.

Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 2. 77 - 80 (trans. Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"For his second labour Herakles (Heracles) was instructed to slay the Hydra Lernaia (Lernaean). The beast was nurtured in the marshes of Lerna . . .
[Herakles attacked her and] she hung on to him by wrapping herself round one of his feet, and he was unable to help matters by striking her with his club, for as soon as one head was pounded off two others would grow in its place. Then a giant crab (karkinos) came along to help the Hydra, and bit Herakles on the foot. For this he killed the crab."

SKU NN-0816-0429-8005M
Our price $2,600.00
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