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Roman Provincial Coins of Greece
Claudius and Messalina, 25 January 41 - 48 A.D., Polyrhenium, Crete

|Roman| |Greece|, |Claudius| |and| |Messalina,| |25| |January| |41| |-| |48| |A.D.,| |Polyrhenium,| |Crete||AE| |20|
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

|Roman| |Greece|, |Severus| |Alexander,| |13| |March| |222| |-| |March| |235| |A.D.,| |Magnetes,| |Thessaly||diassarion|
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."

Like satyrs, centaurs were notorious for being wild, lusty, overly indulgent drinkers and carousers, violent when intoxicated, and generally uncultured delinquents. Chiron, by contrast, was intelligent, civilized and kind. He was not related directly to the other centaurs. He was the son of the Titan Cronus and the Oceanid Philyr. The other centaurs were spawned by the cloud Nephele on the slopes of Mount Pelion. Apollo taught the young Chiron the art of medicine, herbs, music, archery, hunting, gymnastics and prophecy, and made him rise above his beastly nature. He became a renowned teacher who mentored many of the greatest heroes of myth including the Argonauts Jason and Peleus, the physician Asklepios, and Achilles of Troy.
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 Bronze diassarion, apparently unpublished; cf.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


Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Koinon of Thessaly

|Roman| |Greece|, |Claudius,| |25| |January| |41| |-| |13| |October| |54| |A.D.,| |Koinon| |of| |Thessaly||triassarion|
The Thessalian League was a loose confederacy of city-states and tribes in the Thessalian valley in Northern Greece. Philip II of Macedon took control of Thessaly in 344 B.C and it remained under Macedonia until the Roman victory in 197 B.C. The league was reestablished in 196 B.C. but had little autonomy after Thessaly became part of the province of Macedonia in 146 B.C.
RP63959. Bronze triassarion, Burrer 9, BCD Thessaly II 922, RPC I 1433, SNG Evelpidis 1669, F, weight 13.554 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 0o, strategos Antigonos, 45 - 54 A.D.; obverse ΘEΣΣAΛΩN ΣEBAΣTHΩN, laureate head of Claudius left; reverse ANTIΓONOY ΣTPATHΓOY, Apollo Citharoedus standing right, playing cithara, Antigonos monogram inner left; SOLD


Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 111 - 110 B.C., New Style Tetradrachm

|Athens|, |Athens,| |Attica,| |Greece,| |c.| |111| |-| |110| |B.C.,| |New| |Style| |Tetradrachm||tetradrachm|
This coin is a die match for plate 74, 701c, but the description for 701c in the text is not this coin. Thompson 702c was struck by these magistrates but has ΣΦ below the amphora. This coin is not described in the text.
SH96812. Silver tetradrachm, Thompson Athens pl. 74, 701c (same dies, not described in the text), HGC 4 1602; magistrates Phanokles, Apollonios, and Sostratos, Choice VF, well centered, bumps, scratches, weight 16.680 g, maximum diameter 30.6 mm, die axis 0o, Athens mint, c. 111 - 110 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena Parthenos right, triple-crested helmet decorated with curvilinear ornament on the shell, a griffin right above the raised earpiece, and protomes of horses above the visor; reverse A−ΘE / ΦANO−KΛHΣ / AΠOΛ/ΛΩNIOΣ / ΣΩ/ΣTP/ATOΣ, owl standing right on amphora on its side, Artemis Phosphoros on right standing facing holding torch transverse right in both hands, Γ on amphora, ME under amphora, all within olive wreath; from the CEB Collection; SOLD


Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 146 - 145 B.C., New Style Tetradrachm

|Athens|, |Athens,| |Attica,| |Greece,| |c.| |146| |-| |145| |B.C.,| |New| |Style| |Tetradrachm||stephanophoric| |tetradrachm|
This issue does not appear to have been struck with letters on the amphora.

Thompson catalog numbers indicate the obverse die. Reverses for each obverse are indicated by a letter. For this obverse die, Thompson does not record a reverse with the control letters EY.
SH54908. Silver stephanophoric tetradrachm, Thompson 131 var. (EY not listed); Svoronos Athens pl. 43, 3 var. (same obverse die, KTH below on rev), VF, rough cleaning, weight 16.647 g, maximum diameter 32.9 mm, die axis 0o, Athens mint, obverse head of Athena Parthenos right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with Pegasos and the fore-parts of four or more horses; reverse A−ΘE, owl standing right on amphora, wings closed, head facing, XAPI left, HPA over cock with palm frond right, EY below, all within olive wreath; areas of light corrosion, flat strike areas; scarce; SOLD


Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 109 - 108 B.C., New Style Tetradrachm

|Athens|, |Athens,| |Attica,| |Greece,| |c.| |109| |-| |108| |B.C.,| |New| |Style| |Tetradrachm||stephanophoric| |tetradrachm|
The "New Style" tetradrachms were issued by Athens as a semi-autonomous city under Roman rule. The new-style Owls are markedly different from the Owls of Periclean Athens or the "eye in profile" Athena head of the Fourth Century. They were struck on thinner, broad flans, typical of the Hellenistic period, with a portrait of Athena that reflected the heroic portraiture of the period. The owl now stands on an amphora, surrounded by magistrates' names and symbols, all within an olive wreath. The amphora is marked with a letter that may indicate the month of production. Letters below the amphora may indicate the source of the silver used in production.
SH62483. Silver stephanophoric tetradrachm, Thompson Athens 728f var. (ME under amphora); Svoronos Athens pl. 59, 11 var. (same), VF, weight 16.643 g, maximum diameter 29.9 mm, die axis 0o, Athens mint, c. 109 - 108 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena Parthenos right, triple-crested helmet decorated with curvilinear ornament on the shell, Pegasos right above the raised earpiece, and protomes of horses above the visor; reverse A−ΘE / ∆A−MΩN / ΣΩΣ/IKPA/THΣ KΛEI/∆AMO, owl standing right on amphora on its side, bow and quiver on right, I on amphora, ΠE below, all within olive wreath; magistrates Damon, Sosikrates, and Kleidamo; 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







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