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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."
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 Bronze diassarion, apparently unpublished; cf.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
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
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