241-243 AD (fourth issue)
IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Bust of Gordian III, radiate, draped, cuirassed, right
AETERNITATI AVG, Sol standing front, head left, raising right hand and holding globe
23.17mm, 3.6g, 12h
aEF, well centred, toned
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.