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Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Pellene, Peloponnesos, Greece
Pellene sided with Sparta in the Peloponnesian War, then joined the Achaean League until that League was dissolved by Alexander the Great. In the fourth century it was ruled for some time by a tyrant. In the third century, Pellene was garrisoned by the Aetolian League until the garrison was expelled by Aratus of Sicyon and the Achaeans in the 240s B.C. Pellene then joined the revived Achaean League until the League was incorporated into the Roman Empire in 146 B.C.SH95334. Bronze diassarion, BCD Peloponnesos 607; BMC Peloponnesus p. 32, 15; Imhoof-Blumer NCP p. 92 (pl. S, XI); SNG Cop -, Dura -, aF, brown patina, legends obscure, weight 3.930 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 180o, Pellene mint, c. 198 - 205 A.D.; obverse L CEΠ CEV EPROC ΠE, laureate head right; reverse ΠEΛΛHNEΩN, Dionysus Lampter standing left, nude, pouring from kantharos in right hand, filleted thyrsus in left hand; ex J. S. Wagner Collection; very rare; $180.00 (€165.60)
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, weight 4.170 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 180o, Polyrhenium mint, 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
Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D., Magnetes, Thessaly
BCD noted, "The Greek Imperials (or Roman Provincials) of Magnetes have been own of the most challenging areas in the collector's quest for completion. They are seldom encountered in any condition and the unworn and attractive specimens are real rarities."
The centaur Cheiron lived nearby on Mt. Pelion.RP24148. Bronze diassarion, apparently unpublished; cf. BCD Thessaly 1194 (Elagabalus), BCD Thessaly 2012 437 (same), aVF, weight 4.466 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 0o, Magnetes mint, obverse M AVP CEVHR [AΛEΞAN∆POC](?), laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse [MAΓNHTΩN XEIPΩN](?), centaur Chiron standing right, palm branch over shoulder in right, lyre in left; extremely rare; SOLD
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