Emperor Gordian III Silver Antoninianus, Laetitia Reverse, Rome AD 241-3

Denomination: Silver antoninianus

Period: Roman imperial

Date: AD 241-3

Origin: Rome mint

Condition: VF+ but with areas of encrustation and small areas of corrosion

Obverse: Radiate head, draped, right, IMPGORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG

Reverse: Laetitia standing, left, holding wreath and anchor, LAETITIA AVG N 

Size and Weight: 24mm, 5.00g

References: S8617, RIC 86

Features and Provenance: Ex Spink 

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 in 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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