Pupienus (April to July, AD 238)

Clodius Pupienus Maximus was declared emperor by the Roman Senate along with D. Caelius Calvinus Balbinus, following the deaths of Gordian I and II on April 12, in order to block Maximinus Thrax. Pupienus and Balbinus were made emperor on April 22, 238. On July 29, Pupienus and Balbinus were assassinated. Pupienus had been consul in 207 and 234, and prefect of Rome in 234. He had been about to lead troops against Maximinus when Maximinus' own troops assassinated him and sent the head to Rome, allowing Pupienus to celebrate a triumph without a battle.

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Pupienus 'Clasped Hands' Antoninianus 024988

Rare Pupienus 'Clasped Hands' Antoninianus
Silver, 4.82 grams, 22.62 mm. Rome. 238 AD. Obverse: IMP CAES PVPIEN MAXIMVS AVG, radiate and draped bust right. Reverse: AMOR MVTVVS AVGG, clasped hands. RIC 9b; Sear 8518. About extremely fine.

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Pupienus 'Clasped Hands' Antoninianus 024988

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