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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Twelve Caesars| > |Claudius| > RP52082
Claudius and Messalina, 24 January 41 - 48 A.D., Knossos, Crete
|Claudius|, |Claudius| |and| |Messalina,| |24| |January| |41| |-| |48| |A.D.,| |Knossos,| |Crete|, 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.
RP52082. Bronze AE 21, RPC I 1001, SNG Cop -, BMC Crete -, aVF, Knossos mint, weight 5.895g, maximum diameter 21.3mm, die axis 150o, 41 - 47 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS, bare head of Claudius left; reverse VALERIA MESSALINA CAPITONE CYTHERO, draped bust of Messalina right; rare; SOLD











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