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Why purchase this Silver Double-Denarius of Roman Emperor Gordian III?
Marcus Antonius Gordianus Pius became Roman Emperor Gordian III in AD 238 at the age of thirteen, marking his place in history as the youngest person to officially hold the throne as sole ruler of the Roman Empire. Due to the Emperor's age, actual control of the Empire was held first by the Senate, and then his father-in-law, praetorian prefect Timesitheus. This Silver Double-Denarius was struck at the Rome Mint during Gordian's six year reign, AD 238-244.
Portrait of a Young Emperor
The obverse depicts the draped and cuirassed bust of Emperor Gordian III facing right, with his head adorned with a radiate style crown. Inscribed "IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG" (Emperor Caesar Marcus Antonius Gordianus, August).
Roma, the female personification of Rome, is illustrated on the reverse seated upon a shield, wearing a military style cloak and helmet, with winged Victory perched on her outstretched right hand and a spear held vertically in her left. The Latin inscription "ROMAE AETERNAE" translates as "to eternal Rome."
Graded Choice Very Fine
This Silver Double-Denarius, struck AD 238-244 in the name of Roman Emperor Gordian III, is graded Ch. VF, Choice Very Fine, by NGC Ancients, the ancient coin specialists at the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. Having a Sheldon Scale equivalent of 30-35, this superbly struck coin features nearly complete images and lettering, with some flattening on the highest design elements.
Make this Silver Double-Denarius of Gordian III the next addition to your collection of ancient Roman Imperial coinage!
|Year of Issue:||AD 238-244|
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