Reigned: 238-244

MARCVS ANTONIVS GORDIANVS was born in 225. His grandfather was Gordian I and his uncle was Gordian II. After their failed revolt in 238, Gordian was raised (April, 238) to Caesar under the Senate's co-Augusti, Balbinus and Pupienus. When they were killed in July, 238, Gordian became sole Augustus. His rule was mild and wise with his Praetorian Praefect, Timesitheus, whose daughter Tranquillina he married in 241. Unfortunately, both Timesitheus and Gordian died on campaign against the Sassanians in 243-244. His mysterious death on February 25, 244 possibly was plotted by his successor, Philip I.(Excerpt from MONETA, from www.numus.com)

Fouree of an AR Antoninianus (22mm 4.09g) Struck 240 A.D.

Obv: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG Radiate draped bust right

Rev:LIBERALITAS AVG III Liberalitas standing left, holding an abacus and cornucopia

RIC 67


AR Antoninianus (21mm 3.14g) Struck 240-244 A.D. Rome

Obv: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG Radiate draped bust right

Rev: SECVRIT PERPET Securitas, standing left, with scepter, leaning against column

RIC 152

RIC 202

AR Antoninianus (21.71mm, 3.4g) Struck 238-239 A.D. Rome

Obv: IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS Radiate Draped and cuirassed bust right

Rev: VICTORIA AVG Victory advancing left carrying wreath and palm

RIC IV 5, Sear 8664, RSC 357

BMC 103

AE34 (34.21 mm, 25.27 g) Struck 238-244 A.D. Pisidia, Antioch

Obv: IMP CAES GORDIANOVS A Laureate draped bust right

Rev: CAES ANTIOCH COL S R She-wolf standing right suckling Romulus and Remus under a fig tree

SNG France 1210-1212



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