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Roman Provincial Coins from Crete
Gortyna, Crete, 4th Century B.C.

|Crete|, |Gortyna,| |Crete,| |4th| |Century| |B.C.||stater|
Zeus was enamored of Europa and decided to seduce or ravish her. He transformed himself into a tame white bull and mixed in with her father's herds. While Europa and her female attendants were gathering flowers, she saw the bull, caressed his flanks, and eventually got onto his back. Zeus took that opportunity and ran to the sea and swam, with her on his back, to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity, and Europa became the first queen of Crete. Zeus gave her a necklace made by Hephaestus and three additional gifts: Talos, Laelaps and a javelin that never missed. Zeus later re-created the shape of the white bull in the stars, which is now known as the constellation Taurus.
SH51407. Silver stater, SNG Delepierre 2378, Svoronos Crte 64, SNG Cop 442 var. (thinker pose), VF, toned, heavy flan, over-struck on an earlier coin, weight 11.592 g, maximum diameter 26.4 mm, die axis 180o, Gortyna mint, 4th century B.C.; obverse Europa seated right in a tree in a playful pose; reverse bull right, head turned back left; SOLD

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

|Claudius|, |Claudius| |and| |Messalina,| |24| |January| |41| |-| |48| |A.D.,| |Knossos,| |Crete||AE| |21|
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, weight 5.895 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 150o, Knossos mint, 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

Polyrhenion, Crete, c. 330 - 280 B.C.

|Crete|, |Polyrhenion,| |Crete,| |c.| |330| |-| |280| |B.C.||AE| |12|
GB18955. Bronze AE 12, SNG Cop 534, SGCV I 3357, BMC Crete p. 68, 17, gF, weight 1.757 g, maximum diameter 11.8 mm, die axis 0o, Polyrhenion mint, c. 330 - 280 B.C.; obverse round shield, bull's head in center, border of dots; reverse arrow-head pointed upwards, Π−O/Λ−Y in fields; SOLD

Polyrhenium, Crete, c. 330 - 280 B.C.

|Crete|, |Polyrhenium,| |Crete,| |c.| |330| |-| |280| |B.C.||AE| |13|
GB26576. Bronze AE 13, BMC Crete 17, aVF, weight 1.531 g, maximum diameter 12.6 mm, Polyrhenium mint, c. 330 - 280 B.C.; obverse shield, decorated with bull's head; reverse ΠOΛY or similar, arrow-head; SOLD


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