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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Greece| > |Crete| > SH74280
Claudius and Messalina, 24 January 41 - 48 A.D., Knossos, Crete
|Crete|, |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.
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, Knossos mint, weight 4.393g, maximum diameter 20.4mm, die axis 180o, 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; SOLD










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