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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Roman Provincial| > |Roman Greece| > RP16601
Claudius and Messalina, 25 January 41 - 48 A.D., Polyrhenium, Crete
|Roman| |Greece|, |Claudius| |and| |Messalina,| |25| |January| |41| |-| |48| |A.D.,| |Polyrhenium,| |Crete|, Messallina 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, Messallina married her lover, Gaius Silius. Silius was executed and Messallina driven to suicide.
RP16601. Bronze AE 20, RPC I 1032, aF, Polyrhenium mint, weight 4.170g, maximum diameter 20.2mm, die axis 180o, obverse head of Claudius left; reverse MEΣΣA [...], diademed head of Messalina right; after nearly 10 years in business, this is the first coin of Messalina handled by FORVM; SOLD










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