Gordian III, 238-244 AD, AR Antoninianus, Virtus, struck 240 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Gordian III
City/Region:
Rome mint
Denomination:
AR Antoninianus
Composition:
Silver
Date:
March to May 240 AD (third issue)
Obverse:
IMP CAES GORDIANVS PIVS AVG, Bust of Gordian III, radiate, draped, cuirassed, right
Reverse:
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
Size:
22.25mm, 4.1g, 12h
Grade:
EF, weakly struck, well centred, nicely toned, some deposits on reverse (can be cleaned, if desired)
References:
RIC IV 56; Cohen V 386; RSC IV 386

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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.