I’m working on illustrations for the book and hence have been looking at a good number of specimens. One of the fun things I noticed about some, but not all, specimens of RRC 229 is that they take the time to represent bottom half of Hercules’ lion pellet. No. 1 on the image above shows the care taken to represent the fur of the lion scalp, but look a no. 2! that a tail and more furry pelt flying out behind the god. Fun. By contrast other dies reduce the to just a little squiggle of flying drapery, as in the image below.
A little crankiness: So CRRO seems to have made up a new RRC number, 229/2, this seems to be just a data entry error, but could cause much confusion. Also, it gives RRC 229/1a and 1b separate dates. Again a typo, but potentially problematic. I used to send these errors in for correction, but they don’t seem to have a fixed procedure for cleaning up the data yet, and thus my emails were just a nuisance. Ho Hum. One day. Still a great resource.