ROMAN EMPEROR GORDIAN III___Silver Antoninianus___TEEN EMPEROR___Laetitia
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FRASCATIUS ANCIENTSA BEAUTIFUL SILVER ANTONINIANUS OF GORDIAN III FROM 238 - 244 AD.
NICE SILVER & SHARP FEATURES ON THIS COIN
GORDIAN WAS MADE EMPEROR AT AGE 13, AND DIED IN BATTLE AT AGE 19.
Not only was he from a well-known family (Gordian) and hence to the ordinary Roman people's liking, but so too was his family very rich. Rich enough to finance a bonus payment to the people.
Size is 23.3 mm and 4.48 grams.
OBVERSE - IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right
REVERSE - LAETITIA AVG N, Laetitia standing right with wreath & anchor
Marcus Antonius Gordianus (January 20 225 - February 11, 244), known in English as Gordian III, was Roman Emperor from 238 to 244. Marcus Antonius Gordianus' mother was the daughter of Gordian I and the sister of Gordian II. This made him the grandson and nephew of the two Gordian emperors. His younger sister was called Gordiana. Gordian had assumed the name of his maternal grandfather in 238.
It was the public hostility towards the successors of the Gordian emperors which brought the thirteen year old boy to the attention of the Roman senate. Not only was he a Gordian and hence to the ordinary Roman people's liking, but so too was his family very rich. Rich enough to finance... read more