March to May 240 AD (third issue)
IMP CAES GORDIANVS PIVS AVG, Bust of Gordian III, radiate, draped, cuirassed, right
VIRTVS AVG, Virtus, helmeted in military dress, standing front, head left, holding branch in right hand and spear in left; shield rests against right foot
22.25mm, 4.1g, 12h
EF, weakly struck, well centred, nicely toned, some deposits on reverse (can be cleaned, if desired)
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.