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Phaistos, , c. 3rd Century B.C.
In Greek mythology, (or Talon) was a giant winged man of bronze who protected Europa in from pirates and invaders. He circled the island's shores three times daily. The author of Bibliotheke thought Talos' bronze nature might indicate he was a survivor from Hesiod's mythical Age of Bronze. The satirist Lucian took this absurd notion that men of Hesiod's Age of Bronze were actually made of bronze and, for humorous effect, extended it to men of the Age of Gold.
GB85359. Bronze AE 17, 74; 520; p. 64, 27-28, F, a little rough, 3.702 g, maximum 17.1 mm, 225o, Phaistos mint, c. 3rd century B.C.; advancing right, nude, hurling stone in his right hand, holding another in his left hand; hound on the scent to right, ΦAIC/TIΩN in two lines, starting above, ending in ; ; $280.00 (€249.20)
Polyrhenion, , c. 330 - 280 B.C.
GB73555. Bronze AE 11, 534, 3357, p. 68, 17, gVF, green with earthen highlighting, 1.301 g, maximum 10.5 mm, 180o, Polyrhenion mint, c. 330 - 280 B.C.; round , bull's in center, of dots; arrow-head pointed upwards, Π−O/Λ−Y flanking in two lines; $130.00 (€115.70)
and , 25 January 41 - 48 A.D., Polyrhenium,
Messallina was Claudius' 3rd wife and mother of and . They were married when she was 14. In 48 A.D., while was away in , even though she was married to the emperor, Messallina married her lover, Gaius Silius. Silius was executed and Messallina driven to suicide.RP16601. Bronze AE 20,
1032, aF, 4.170 g, maximum 20.2 mm, 180o, Polyrhenium mint, of left; MEΣΣA [...], diademed of right; after nearly 10 years in business, this is the first coin of handled by FORVM; SOLD
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