242-244 AD (fourth issue)
IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Bust of Gordian III, radiate, draped, cuirassed, right, seen from back
ORIENS AVG, Sol standing front, head left, raising right hand and holding globe
22.09mm, 4.4g, 6h
Choice EF, fine style, well centred, toned, some deposits (can be cleaned, if desired)
An almost flawless antoninianus of Gordian III from the mint of Antioch
Gordian III became the youngest sole Roman emperor at the age of 13 after the death of Emperor Severus Alexander. The last of the 6 Emperors in the tumultuous Year of the 6 emperors - the year 238AD in which 6 people had been Roman Emperor. His reign was not long. He died at the age of 19, possibly at Zaitha at the hands of his army, or in battle against the Sassanids.