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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, 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.
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.
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