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Gordian III, 238-244 AD, AR Antoninianus, Sol, struck 241-243 AD

125.00 AUD

Origin:
Rome mint
Authority:
Gordian III
Denomination:
AR Antoninianus
Composition:
Silver
Date:
241-243 AD (fourth issue)
Obverse:
IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Bust of Gordian III, radiate, draped, cuirassed, right
Reverse:
AETERNITATI AVG, Sol standing front, head left, raising right hand and holding globe
Size:
23.17mm, 3.6g, 12h
Grade:
aEF, well centred, toned
Reference:
RIC IV 83; Cohen V 41; RSC IV 41; SRCV 8603
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.
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