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E-auction 201-130063 - brm_420815 - GORDIAN III Antoninien

GORDIAN III Antoninien AU
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Estimate : 50 €
Price : 11 €
Maximum bid : 12 €
End of the sale : 20 February 2017 14:32:30
bidders : 4 bidders
Type : Antoninien
Date: fin 240-début 243
Date: 240-243
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : billon
Millesimal fineness : 450 ‰
Diameter : 22 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 3,92 g.
Officine: 4e
Coments on the condition:
Bel exemplaire sur un flan irrégulier mais bien centré. Joli buste de style fin. Patine grise
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la collection R. Chevallier (1922-2015)

Obverse


Obverse legend : IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG.
Obverse description : Buste radié, drapé et cuirassé de Gordien III à droite, vu de trois quarts en arrière (A2).
Obverse translation : “Imperator Gordianus Pius Felix Augustus”, (L’empereur Gordien pieux heureux auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : VIRTVTI AVGVSTI.
Reverse description : Hercule nu debout de face, regardant à droite, posant sa main droite sur sa hanche et tenant de sa main gauche une massue posée sur un rocher ; à côté de la massue, une peau de lion.
Reverse translation : “Virtuti Augusti”, (À la Virilité de l'auguste).

Commentary


Poids léger. Rubans de type 3. Ptéryges fines sous le paludamentum.

Historical background


GORDIAN III

(02-03/238-03/244)

Augustus

Gordian III is the grandson of Gordian I and the nephew of Gordian II, ephemeral emperors of the year 238. At the request of the people of Rome, he is chosen as Caesar by Balbin and Pupian and succeeds them after their assassinations. Emperor at 13, married at 16, killed at 19, this is how the life of this young man could be summed up, victim of the appetites of Philippe the Arab, new prefect of the praetorium.

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