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Emperor Gordian III, Silver Denarius, Diana Lucifera, Rome AD 241-3

Denomination: Silver denarius

Period: Roman imperial

Date: AD 241-3

Origin: Rome

Condition: VF

Obverse: Laureate bust of Gordian III, draped and cuirassed, IMP GORDIANVS PIUS FEL AVG

Reverse: Diana, draped standing right, holding lit torch across body in both hands, DIANA LVCIFERA

Size and Weight: 3.04g, 20mm

References: RIC IV 127, RSC 69

Features and Provenance: Gordian was the youngest ever sole emperor, being only 13 when he came to the throne. After the death of his grandfather and uncle he inherited great wealth and this attracted the then co-emperors, Pupienus and Bulbinus. He was so well liked by the emperors, senate, army and people alike that the emperors adopted him and made him their heir by making him a Caesar. In 238, Bulbinus and Pupienus were overthrown and Gordian ascended to the throne with little opposition, but due to his young age the Senate made the policies. His coinage is quite wide considering the short reign and most of must have been paid for out his personal wealth. He married Tranquilina in 241 and a small coinage was produced to celebrate this. Sadly, a coup by Philip I lead to his murder in 244. 




Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible






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