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Phaistos, Crete, c. 3rd Century B.C.

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In Greek mythology, Talos (or Talon) was a giant winged man of bronze who protected Europa in Crete from pirates and invaders. He circled the island's shores three times daily. The author of Bibliotheke thought Talos' bronze nature might indicate he was a survivor from Hesiod's mythical Age of Bronze. The satirist Lucian took this absurd notion that men of Hesiod's Age of Bronze were actually made of bronze and, for humorous effect, extended it to men of the Age of Gold.
GB85359. Bronze AE 17, Svoronos Crète 74; SNG Cop 520; BMC Crete p. 64, 27-28, F, a little rough, weight 3.702 g, maximum diameter 17.1 mm, die axis 225o, Phaistos mint, c. 3rd century B.C.; obverse Talos advancing right, nude, hurling stone in his right hand, holding another in his left hand; reverse hound on the scent to right, ΦAIC/TIΩN in two lines, starting above, ending in exergue; rare; $280.00 (€238.00)
 


Polyrhenion, Crete, c. 330 - 280 B.C.

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GB73555. Bronze AE 11, SNG Cop 534, SGCV I 3357, BMC Crete p. 68, 17, Choice gVF, green patina with earthen highlighting, weight 1.301 g, maximum diameter 10.5 mm, die axis 180o, 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 flanking in two lines; $130.00 (€110.50)
 


Claudius and Messalina, 25 January 41 - 48 A.D., Polyrhenium, Crete

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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







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Grose, S. W. Catalogue of the McClean Collection of Greek Coins, Fizwilliam Museum, Vol. II. The Greek mainland, the Aegaean islands, Crete. (Cambridge, 1926).
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