Created: 2nd November 2013
Update:  13th December 2017
Status Republic: Patrician:     Pleb. Nobilis:       Senatorial: X    Eques Romanus:      Local magistrates  
Republican Family / Cognomen
Patrician n/a
Pleb. Nobilis n/a
Senatorial Rufus
Equestrian n/a
Local magistrat. n/a
Uncertain no cognomen
Imperial Family / Cognomen
Imperators n/a
Consular n/a
Senatorial no cognomen, Rufus, 
Equestrian n/a
Equestrian (mil) n/a
Local magistrat. n/a
Uncertain n/a
Republican Consuls, Tribunes with consular power, Dictators, Magister Equitum, Censors 0
Imperial Consuls and Emperors (Augusti and Caesars) 0 incl. 0 emperors
Literature Grant, Michael: "From Imperium to Auctoritas; A Historical Study of AES Coinage in the Roman Empire 49 B.C. - A.D. 14", Cambridge University Press, 1969, 
p.386-387 analyzes the coinage of M502 and concludes it is very likely he was governor of Achaia in opposition to Groag's view.
The "STRA" on the coin he believes is abbreviation of strategos = governor; not a cognomen like Strabo.
Groag: Achaia (1939) p.22 believes that the coins from Chalkis on Euboea refer to Mescinius M502 as a local magistrate, not a governor.
Hillebrand: Vigintivirat (2006) p.132 (§18 L. Mescinius Rufus M501)
Szramkiewicz: Gouverneurs Vol.2 (1972) p.417 (Mescinius M502)
Wiseman: New Men (1971) p.240 (§251 L. Mescinius Rufus RE2)
Changes 13.12.2017 New header, literature list plus some updates
RE1 CIL-1-2247
Cn. Mescinius
on Delos 100
probably a merchant
RE2 Nic233 brothers RE2 Nic231 RE1
M. Mindius     L. Mescinius Rufus Q. Mescinius
from Veletri ? from Velletri ? ment 59 at Cremona
eques, negotiator q 51 of Cicero in Cilicia status unknown
ment in Cilicia 50 proq 50 in Cilicia
† by 46 ment 49-46
~ Oppia
? or grdson
RE4 M502 M501 RE3
Mescinius Stra[...] L. Mescinius Rufus
coins from Chalkis on Euboea monet 16 BC
procos Achaia sub Augustus
Stra = strategos ?
Stra = Strabo ?