"WHERE THERE IS NO STRUGGLE, THERE IS NO STRENGTH."
This Albanian coin features Hercules wrestling the Nemean lion. These coins are hard to come by and just plain cool.
Albanian coin, sterling silver hand-made mounting plate, 30" sterling silver ball chain which has been oxidized to bring out the detail in the chain.
The handmade backplate setting for the coin is sterling silver. The necklace is made in a dog-tag style. It measures approx. 1.5" x 1"
About the coin:
Hera, the wife of Zeus used her power to cause a madness to come over Hercules during which he killed his wife and three children. After the madness ended, he felt sorrow and was told by the king to perform 12 labors as penance. Killing the Nemean Lion was the first of these labors. The lion was said to be impossible to kill.
According to the myth, the Nemean lion took women as hostages to its lair in a cave. This was to lure warriors from nearby towns to save the damsels in distress. After entering the cave, the warrior would see a woman and rush to save her. Once he was close, the lion would kill the warrior, devouring his remains and giving the bones to Hades.
Heracles snuck into a back entrance of the lion's cave and stunned the beast with his club. Then, using his immense strength, strangled it to death.
After slaying the lion, he tried to skin it with a knife from his belt but failed. He then tried sharpening the knife with a stone and even tried with the stone itself. Finally, Athena, noticing the hero's plight, told Hercules to use one of the lion's own claws to skin the pelt.
He wore the lion's pelt as armor thereafter.
Cuff comes packaged with the above quote in a muslin drawstring bag.