IMP CAES MANT GORDIANOVS AVG, Bust of Gordian III right, laureate, wearing paludamentum and cuirass
CAESANTIOCHC OL, She-wolf standing right; below, suckling twins; behind, fig-tree; in emerge, S R
Choice aEF, milled edge
ex Solidus Numismatik Auction 20 (21 October 2017), Lot 136
An impressive coin on a very large and heavy flan.
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.