Gordian III (AD 238 - AD 244)

Marcus Antonius Gordianus' mother was the daughter of Gordian I and the sister of Gordian II. Gordian III became Caesar (junior emperor) alongside the two new Augusti, Balbinus and Pupienus. But only a few months after this, Balbinus and Pupienus were murdered by the Praetorian Guard. This left Gordian III to accede to the throne as emperor. Ominously, it was the praetorians who nominated him to be the next emperor.

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Gordian III 'Emperor Sacrificing' Sestertius 027907

Gordian III 'Emperor Sacrificing' Sestertius
Bronze, 16.60 grams, 28.97 mm. Rome. AD 240. Obverse: IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: P M TR P II COS P P, emperor standing left, holding patera over tripod-altar. S-C across fields. RIC IV-3, 271; Cohen 211; Sear 8724. Near extremely fine/good very fine. Accompanied by an old collection ticket.
£150.00

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Gordian III 'Emperor Sacrificing' Sestertius 027907
Gordian III 'Securitas' Sestertius 027886

Gordian III 'Securitas' Sestertius
Bronze, 24.33 grams, 31.22 mm. Rome. AD 240. Obverse: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right. Reverse: SECVRIT PERPET, Securitas standing left, resting arm on column, holding sceptre. S-C across fields. RIC IV-3, 335a; Cohen 329: Sear 8740. Very fine/good fine. Accompanied by an old collection ticket.
£49.00

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Gordian III 'Securitas' Sestertius 027886
Gordian III 'Laetitia' Sestertius 027877

Gordian III 'Laetitia' Sestertius
Bronze, 16.60 grams, 31.37 mm. Rome. AD 240. Obverse: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right. Reverse: LAETITIA AVG N, Laetitia standing left, holding wreath and anchor. S-C across fields. RIC IV-3, 300b; Sear 8712. Good fine/fine. Accompanied by an old collection ticket.
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Gordian III 'Laetitia' Sestertius 027877
Gordian III 'Pietas' Denarius 025344

Gordian III 'Pietas' Denarius
Silver, 3.26 grams, 19.35 mm. Rome. AD 240. Obverse: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: PIETAS AVGVSTI, Pietas standing left, raising both hands. RSC 186; RIC 129; Sear 8677. Extremely fine/very fine.
£45.00

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Gordian III 'Pietas' Denarius 025344
Gordian III 'Sol' Sestertius 027901

Gordian III 'Sol' Sestertius
Bronze, 17.99 grams, 29.10 mm. Rome. AD 240. Obverse: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: AETERNITATI AVG S-C, Sol standing left, holding globe and raising right hand. RIC 297a; Cohen 43; Sear 8702. Good very fine. Accompanied by an old collection ticket. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£90.00

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Gordian III 'Sol' Sestertius 027901


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RSC = Seaby, H A    Roman Silver Coinage
RCV = Sear, David R    Roman Coins and Their Values
Cr = Crawford, Michael    The Roman Republican Coinage
SB = Sear, David R    Byzantine Coins and Their Values
S = Coins of England and the United Kingdom
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