Lernaean Hydra 1 oz Copper | The 12 Labors of Hercules

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Hercules was sent to slay the Lernaean Hyrda for his second Labor. The multi-headed, snake-like monster was defeated by Hercules after he sliced its one mortal head.

Total Mintage: 7,190

The last day to purchase the 1 oz Copper Lernaean Hyrda was the November 12, 2014. There is, however, time to order the 5 oz Copper Hercules Round, and 5 oz Silver Hercules Round.

To read about Hercules and his 12 Labors, check out our blog for more information.

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After defeating the Nemean Lion, Hercules was sent to slay the Lernaean Hydra for his second labor. The Hydra, a snake-like beast with multiple heads, was raised by Hera to destroy Hercules -- making this an inevitable match up. In the face-off between Hercules and Hydra, the son of Zeus used a sword to slice off each of the creature’s necks, according to one popular tale. When the heads grew back, Hercules enlisted his nephew to burn each of the necks to halt regrowth. The Hydra had one mortal head, however; so Hercules used his golden sword to slay the mutant and complete his second labor.

The beast is displayed on the Second Labor coin, to be released in the 12 Labors of Hercules Series.

The reverse features the multi-headed Hydra in a striking position, displaying the daunting task Hercules faced. LERNAEAN HYDRA and II are inscribed.

The familiar obverse portraying Hercules with the Nemean Lion draped over his head as armor is shown on this round, as it will be on each round in the powerful series. “1 oz CMXCIX (999 in Roman numerals) FINE COPPER” is also displayed.

The 1 oz. Copper Lernaean Hydra rounds will only be available for one month from Oct. 12 through Nov. 12. Make sure to keep your 12 Labors of Hercules Series collection current before time runs out!

12 Labors of Hercules

Driven crazy by Hera, Hercules slew his family — only regretful after recovering his sanity. King Thespius purified the son of Zeus, but to atone for his crimes, he was sent to serve King Eurystheus.

Eurystheus ordered Hercules to execute 10 Labors, which were a series of tasks carried out as penance for his actions. Hercules successfully completed all 10, but because his nephew helped with one and he planned to accept payment for another, Eurystheus forced Hercules to finish two more Labors alone.

Hercules’ Labors adhere to the traditional order of the Bibliotheca:

Nemean Lion - Sept. 12, 2014 Lernaean Hydra - Oct. 12, 2014 Ceryneian Hind - Nov. 12, 2014 Erymanthian Boar - Dec. 12, 2014 Augean Stables - Jan. 12, 2015 Stymphalian Birds - Feb. 12, 2015 Cretan Bull - March 12, 2015 Mares of Diomedes - April 12, 2015 Girdle of Hippolyta - May 12, 2015 Cattle of Geryon - June 12, 2015 Apples of Hesperides - July 12, 2015 Cerberus - Aug. 12, 2015

Commemorate the historic battle between Hercules and the Lernaean Hydra with this 1 oz copper round from Provident Metals.

Product Details

Availability Discontinued
Copper Content 1 ounce AVDP
Composition .999 Fine Copper
Condition Uncirculated
Mint Provident Mint
Series 12 Labors of Hercules
Coin Mintage 7,190
Diameter 39mm
SKU BBPC-03417
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