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Roman Provincial Coins from Greece

Claudius and Messalina, 24 January 41 - 48 A.D., Knossos, Crete

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Messalina was Claudius' 3rd wife and mother of Britannicus and Claudia Octavia. They were married when she was 14. In 48 A.D., while Claudius was away in Ostia, even though she was married to the emperor, Messalina married her lover, Gaius Silius. Silius was executed and Messalina driven to suicide.
SH74280. Bronze AE 20, RPC I 1001 (rev legend ending IIVIR) or 1002, Svoronos Crete 214 corr (IIVIR) or 212, SNG Cop -, BMC Crete -, aVF, crowded irregular flan, weight 4.393 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 180o, Knossos mint, Duumviri Cytherus und Capito, 41 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS, bare head of Claudius left; reverse VALERIA MESSALINA [CAPITONE CYTHERONTE IIVIR] or [CYTHERO CAPITONE] (end of legend off flan), draped bust of Messalina right; extremely rare; $600.00 (528.00)


Attica, Athens, Summer 32 B.C.

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Kroll dates this issue to the summer of 32 B.C., when Antony and Cleopatra stayed in Athens. The head of Zeus is in the Ptolemaic style and represents Egypt, while Dionysos represents Antony.
GB69775. Bronze AE 20, SNG Cop 311 (same dies); Kroll 144; Svoronos Athens pl. 25, 36 ff.; BMC Attica p. 86, 604; Lindgren-Kovacs 1544, F, weight 6.291 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 0o, Athens mint, summer 32 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus; reverse head of Dionysos, wearing ivy wreath, A−Θ/E flanking; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; very rare; $200.00 (176.00)


Aegium, Achaea, Greece, c. 37 - 31 B.C., Under Antony and Cleopatra

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Kroll connected the types with Antony and Cleopatra, who controlled Achaea when this coin was struck. Dionysos refers to Antony, who called himself the "new Dionysos," and the typically Ptolemaic eagle symbolizes Cleopatra.
GB67910. Bronze tetrachalkon, BCD Peloponnesos 438 - 439, BMC Peloponnesus 6 - 7, Kroll Bronze 3, Weber 3954, F, weight 3.916 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 0o, Aegium mint, Theoxios and Kletaios, magistrates, c. 37 - 31 B.C; obverse AIΓIEΩN, head of young Dionysos right, wreathed in ivy; reverse ΘEOΞIOΣ KAHTAIOΣ, eagle standing left, head left, wings closed; rare; $180.00 (158.40)


Thessaly, Greece, Koinon of Thessaly, 117 -138 A.D.

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The Thessalian League was a loose confederacy of city-states and tribes in the Thessalian valley in N. Greece. Philip II of Macedon took control of Thessaly in 344 B.C and it remained under Macedonia until the Roman victory in 197 B.C. The league was reestablished in 196 B.C. but had little autonomy after Thessaly became part of the province of Macedonia in 146 B.C.
GB74543. Bronze assarion, Burrer Em 1, Series 2, Group 4, 152; BCD Thessaly I 1410, SNG Cop 141 - 142, F, green patina, corrosion, encrustation, scratches, weight 1.556 g, maximum diameter 15.6 mm, die axis 180o, time of Hadrian, c. 123 - 125 A.D.; obverse AXIΛ−ΛEYΣ (Achilles), head of Achilles right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with Pegasos; reverse NIKO−MA−XOY (Niomachos, strategos), horse trotting right, TΦA monogram below; $180.00 (158.40)


Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Lakedaimon (Sparta), Achaea, Peloponnesos

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All of Grunauer group XXXV is very rare. Grunauer wrote that almost all examples are from a single hoard, which BCD notes was found before 1933. This variety is apparently unpublished.
RP76795. Bronze AE 23, Grunauer group XXXV - (-/R4, this rev. listed only with obv. head right); BCD Peloponnesos 932 var. (legends); RPC I 1113, Fair, rough, weight 12.094 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 180o, Lakedaimon (Sparta) mint, 25 Jan 41 - 13 Oct 54 A.D.; obverse TI KΛAY∆ ΣEBA (or similar), bare head left, with an early, long necked, Caligula-like style; reverse EΠI ΛA−KWNOΣ, statue of Apollo Karneios standing facing, nude, head right, right hand on top of head, resting left arm on short column and holding cornucopia, legs crossed, Λ−A across field; ex CNG e-auction 360, part of lot 654; ex BCD Collection; ex Alex G. Malloy (with his tag); extremely rare; $150.00 (132.00)


Thessalian League, Greece, Mid - Late 1st Century B.C.

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The Thessalian League was a loose confederacy of city-states and tribes in the Thessalian valley in N. Greece. Philip II of Macedon took control of Thessaly in 344 B.C and it remained under Macedonia until the Roman victory in 197 B.C. The league was reestablished in 196 B.C. but had little autonomy after Thessaly became part of the province of Macedonia in 146 B.C.
GB71024. Bronze dichalkon (or obol), BCD Thessaly II 907.2, SNG Cop 331, Rogers 59, Burrer p. 62, BMC Thessaly -, VF, weight 7.412 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 0o, Larissa(?) mint, Philokrates, Italos, and Petraios, magistrates; obverse ΦIΛOKPA−TOYΣ (magistrate), head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet and aegis; reverse ΘEΣΣA−ΛΩN, Athena Itonia standing left, Nike standing left offering wreath in her extended right hand, resting left hand on grounded shield behind, spear standing behind, ITA−ΛOY (magistrate) across upper field, ΠETPAIOΣ in exergue; $135.00 (118.80)


Thessalian League, Thessaly, Greece, c. 146 - 27 B.C.

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The Thessalian League was a loose confederacy of city-states and tribes in the Thessalian valley in N. Greece. Philip II of Macedon took control of Thessaly in 344 B.C and it remained under Macedonia until the Roman victory in 197 B.C. The league was reestablished in 196 B.C. but had little autonomy after Thessaly became part of the province of Macedonia in 146 B.C.
GB66043. Bronze dichalkon, Rogers Thessaly 43; BMC Thessaly p. 5, 62 - 63; SNG Cop 324 ff. var (various magistrate names on obv); BCD Thessaly II 904 ff. var (same), VF, weight 3.713 g, maximum diameter 15.2 mm, die axis 45o, Thessaly mint, c. 146 - 27 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena right, IΠΠIA/TAΣ(?) (magistrate) above and below; reverse ΘEΣ−Σ/AΛΩ−N, horse trotting right; ex Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.; $60.00 (52.80)







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