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Roman Provincial Coins of Greece
Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Delphi, Phokis

|Phokis|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.,| |Delphi,| |Phokis||AE| |21|
Delphi is a town on Mount Parnassus in the south of mainland Greece. It's the site of the 4th-century-B.C. Temple of Apollo, once home to a legendary oracle. This extensive mountainside archaeological complex contains the remains of the sanctuaries of Apollo and Athena Pronaia, as well as an ancient stadium and theater. Delphi Archaeological Museum displays artifacts found among the ruins.
RP111645. Bronze AE 21, RPC III 429.6 (this coin, 7 spec.); BCD Lokris 394 (this coin); Svoronos p. 36, 55, pl. XXVII, 13; BMC Central p. 28, 25 pl. IV, 16; SNG Cop 156, VF, nice green patina, light roughness, weight 5.289 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 0o, Delphi (Greece) mint, obverse AY KAI TPAIANOC AΔPIANOC AYΓ (Imperator Caesar Traianus Hadrianus Augustus), laureate bust of Hadrian right, bare chest (heroic bust), aegis on left shoulder; reverse ΔΕΛΦΩN, Apollo Citharoedus standing right, wearing long chiton and long chlamys, playing Kithara (lyre); ex Numismatica Ars Classica auction 55 (8 Oct 2010), lot 394 (price realized 1,500 CHF, plus fees); ex BCD Collection ; rare; $2000.00 SALE PRICE $1800.00


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 ΜΕΣΣΑ [...], 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 [ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟC](?), laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse [ΜΑΓΝΗΤΩΝ ΧΕΙΡΩΝ](?), centaur Chiron standing right, palm branch over shoulder in right, lyre in left; extremely rare; SOLD







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