Maybe somebody can help me. I collect ancient Greek coins. On some of these coins I see on one side Heracles and on the other side a club, bow with arrow and a bee (see picture). The club and the bow with arrow, is not so difficult to understand why these attributes are on the backside of the coin. But why is there a bee on these coins?? What is the relationship between Heracles and the bee? I read in a book where a picture of Heracles with a swarm of bees around his head, that the bees give Heracles higher spiritual reasons. But this was a description of a medieval picture. Is this possible that the ancient Greeks (about 200 BC) made already this connection? Or is there another explanation why the bee is present on these coins?
Many thanks for your help, Piet