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Roman Provincial Coins from Crete

Knossos, Crete, c. 330 - 300 B

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SH35118. Silver drachm, BMC Crete p. 21, 26; SNG Cop 374, Fair, rough cleaning, weight 3.172 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, Knossos mint, obverse head of Hera left, wearing stephane; reverse square labyrinth with entrance; rare; SOLD


Gortyna, Crete, c. 200 - 67 B.C.

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GS12272. Silver drachm, BMC Peloponnesus 54 var., SNG Cop -, Svoronos Crète 143 var.,, VF, weight 4.162 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 0o, Gortyna mint, obverse diademed head of Zeus or Minos left; reverse ΓOPTYNIΩ−N, warrior standing left, spear in left, resting right hand on shield set on ground; flan crack, reverse strike flaws; rare; SOLD


Kydonia, Crete, c. 320 - 270 B.C.

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Kydonia or Cydonia was on the northwest coast of the island of Crete, at the site of the modern Greek city of Chania. In legend Kydonia was founded by King Cydon, a son of Hermes and of Akakallis, the daughter of King Minos. Cydonians are mentioned in book 12 of the Aeneid, where their excellent bow skills are used in an extended Virgilian simile describing the Fury's descent to Juturna.
SH56742. Silver diobol, SNG Lockett 2548, Dewing 2000, Robinson Pseudoaeginetica 48, SNG Cop -, Svoronos Crete -, VF, toned, weight 1.497 g, maximum diameter 12.6 mm, Kydonia (Chania, Crete, Greece) mint, c. 320 - 270 B.C.; obverse head of Nymph Kydonia left; reverse raised linear skew design (quartered square, one quarter bisected diagonally), imitating an archaic incuse; scarce; SOLD


Phaistos, Crete, c. 320 - 270 B.C.

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Phaistos has been inhabited since 4000 B.C. 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.
GB38685. Bronze AE 18, Svoronos Crète 74; SNG Cop 520; BMC Crete p. 64, 27 - 28, F, weight 3.879 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 270o, Phaistos mint, c. 320 - 270 B.C.; obverse Talos advancing right, nude, hurling stone in his right hand, holding another in his left; reverse hound on the scent to right, ΦAIC/TIΩN in two lines, starting above, ending in exergue; rare; SOLD


Caligula and Germanicus, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D., Knossos, Crete

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SH35133. Bronze AE 23, RPC I 996; Svoronos Crète 204, VF, weight 6.620 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 180o, Knossos mint, obverse C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS, laureate head of Caligula right; reverse GERM CAESAR PVLCHRO III VARIO IIVIR, laureate head of Germanicus right; SOLD


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


Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D., Crete

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SH17138. Bronze AE 19, cf. RPC II 2814 (Uncertain, Pegasus standing left), F, weight 4.004 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, Cretan mint, obverse laureate head right; reverse Pegasos standing right; brown and green patina; very rare; SOLD


Caligula and Germanicus, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D., Knossos, Crete

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Knossos is famous for the myth of King Minos and his dreaded Minotaur and Labyrinth. In Roman times, Knossos was the second city of Crete with a thriving economy. The cachet of its ancient name attracted the patronage of Hadrian, who did much to embellish Knossos along with the other historic cities of Greece.
SH60668. Bronze AE 21, RPC I 992, Svoronos Crete 210, aVF, rough, weight 5.733 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 180o, Knossos mint, obverse C CAESARI AVG GERMANICO, laureate head of Caligula left; reverse GERM CAESAR DOSSENN PVLCHR IIVIR, laureate head of Germanicus right; SOLD


Titus, 24 June 79 - 13 September 81 A.D., Julia Titi Reverse, Crete

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RP16605. Bronze AE 18, Svoronos Crète 26 (same dies), F, weight 3.565 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 180o, Crete mint, obverse head of Titus right; reverse draped bust of Julia Titi right; very rare; SOLD


Agrippa? and Augustus, Knossos, Crete, c. 27 B.C.

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Older references list this type as Octavian and Mark Antony, in part based on foundation of the colony c. 37 B.C. RPC concludes this can't be Mark Antony because recent scholarship indicates the colony was founded in 27 B.C. or later. The revised date makes a coin of Antony impossible.

The relative concavities of this two-headed bronze suggest that Agrippa was meant to be the obverse.
RP17710. Leaded bronze AE 20, RPC I 976; BMC Crete p. 26, 72 - 73; SNG Cop 394, VF, weight 5.196 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 0o, Knossos mint, c. 27 B.C.; obverse C I N [C EX DD], bare head of Agrippa? right, labyrinth behind; reverse T FVFIO [M AIMILIO] II VI[R], bare head of Augustus right; cleaned, pitting; SOLD




  




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