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Gordian III Antoninianus

000_0611.JPG000_0610.JPG000_0609.JPG000_0607.JPG000_0605.JPG000_0603.JPG000_0602.JPG000_0601.JPG000_0600.JPG000_0599.JPG000_0597.JPG000_0596.JPG000_0595.JPG000_0594.JPGGordian III Antoninianus, Emperor AD 238-244, minted at Rome AD 243, RIC IV, Part III, 144, page 31; RSC 98; Van Meter 16, 4.38 gms, Obverse: radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Reverse: Fortuna seated left, holding a rudder in her right hand and holding a cornucopia in her left arm, a wheel under her chair, FORTVNA REDVX, very lustrous coin, very nice portrait of Gordian III in high relief, detailed Fortuna on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a beautiful coin whose reverse refers to Gordian’s departure for the Persian war and the hope of his safe return (not to be realized, as he was killed), Note: the little speck on Gordian’s nose, evident in the photos, is not visible on the coin in hand; even holding the coin and twisting it in the very bright California sun didn’t make this apparent to me.  This coin was difficult for me to photograph and is much sharper and crisper in hand. Asking price: $135 includes priority shipping and insurance000_0593.JPG

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Gordian III Denarius

000_0629.JPG000_0628.JPG000_0626.JPG000_0625.JPG000_0622.JPG000_0621.JPG000_0620.JPG000_0619.JPG000_0617.JPG000_0616.JPG000_0615.JPG000_0614.JPG000_0613.JPGGordian III Denarius, Emperor 238-244, struck at Rome AD 240? 241? RIC IV, Part III, 127 (r); RSC 69; Van Meter 67, 3.16 gms, Obverse: laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Reverse: Diana standing right and holding a torch with both her hands, DIANA LVCIFERA, very (!) lustrous coin, a sharp and wonderfully detailed and charming portrait of Gordian III in high relief, detailed Diana on the reverse, full and crisp legends on both sides, a very beautiful coin struck, some numismatists hold, in AD 241 to mark the marriage of Gordian to Tranquillina; others maintain it and others of Gordian’s denarii described as marriage issues were actually minted in AD 240. I would like to know for sure, but I think that since, surely, Gordian and Tranquillina were betrothed to each other in 240 that these denarii could still be reasonably termed “marriage issues.” While this is being debated and this very coin awaits its own birthyear, it is one heck of a lovely coin with, again, a fantastic portrait of Gordian with just a bit of a longer nose, Asking price: $285 includes priority shipping and insurance000_0612.JPG

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Gordian III Denarius

000_0569.JPG000_0568.JPG000_0566.JPG000_0565.JPG000_0563.JPG000_0562.JPG000_0560.JPG000_0559.JPG000_0556.JPG000_0555.JPG000_0553.JPG000_0552.JPG000_0551.JPGGordian III Denarius, Emperor AD 238-244, struck at Rome in the summer of AD 241, RIC IV, Part III, 129; RSC 186, Obverse: laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Reverse: Pietas, veiled, standing facing, her head turned to the left and raising both her hands, PIETAS AVGVSTI, lustrous coin with lovely and even grey toning throughout, wonderful and sharp portrait of Gordian III in high relief, very detailed reverse, full and crisp legends on both sides, tiny flan crack at three o’clock on the obverse and at four o’clock on the reverse (same crack!), no detraction in my opinion and nothing affecting the integrity of the coin (just wanted to note it!), a lovely example indeed of this one of several special marriage issues of denarii celebrating Gordian’s marriage to Tranquillina and pin sharp with, again, a detailed and charming portrait! I’ve seen this coin described as rare many times. Note: the jury is evidently still out as to whether certain of Gordian III’s issues of denarii were struck in commemoration of his marriage to Tranquillina or were actually minted the year before in AD 240. I will continue my reading on the subject! I do wonder if perhaps they could have been struck in anticipation of his marriage to the daughter of his very loyal guide, father-figure, and later Praetorian Prefect Timesthius. Asking price: $235 includes priority shipping and insurance000_0550.JPG

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Gordian III Denarius

000_0591.JPG000_0590.JPG000_0588.JPG000_0587.JPG000_0585.JPG000_0583.JPG000_0582.JPG000_0581.JPG000_0579.JPG000_0577.JPG000_0575.JPG000_0574.JPG000_0573.JPG000_0572.JPGGordian III Denarius, Emperor AD 238-244, struck at Rome AD 241, RIC 111; RSC 39; Van Meter 66, Obverse: laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Reverse: Sol standing right, his head turned to the left, raising his right hand and holding a globe in his left, AETERNITATI AVG, very lustrous coin, a superb with a capital S portrait of Gordian III in very high relief, very detailed Sol on the reverse, full and crisp legends on both sides of the coin, a beauty, I’ve frequently seen this coin described as rare, Asking price: $265 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)000_0571.JPG

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Severus Alexander Denarius

000_0528.JPG000_0526.JPG000_0525.JPG000_0522.JPG000_0521.JPG000_0520.JPG000_0519.JPG000_0518.JPG000_0516.JPG000_0514.JPG000_0511.JPGSeverus Alexander Denarius, Emperor AD 222-235, RIC IV, 144; RSC 95; Sear 2000, 7873; Van Meter 18/1 but with obverse legend 4, Obverse: laureate and draped bust of Severus Alexander facing right, IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG, Reverse: Jupiter seated left, holding Victory in his upright right palm and holding a scepter in his left hand, IOVI VLTORI,  very lustrous coin with just the slightest touch of attractive toning, superb and very high relief portrait of Alexander, detailed reverse, full and clear legends on both sides of the coin, well struck and centered and a beautiful coin, Asking price: $285 includes priority shipping and insurance000_0510.JPG

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Philip I Antoninianus

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Julia Mamaea Denarius

000_0493.JPG000_0492.JPG000_0491.JPG000_0490.JPG000_0489.JPG000_0488.JPG000_0487.JPG000_0485.JPG000_0484.JPG000_0483.JPG000_0482.JPG000_0481.JPG000_0479.JPGJulia Mamaea Denarius, mother of the emperor Severus Alexander, minted at Rome AD 230, RIC IV, Part II, 338, page 98; RSC 24; Sear RCV II (2002), 8210, page 678, 2.84 gms, Obverse: draped bust of Julia Mamaea facing right, her hair elaboratively weaved in rows and tucked in at the base of her head, wearing a stephane in her hair, IVLIA MAMAEA AVG, Reverse: Felicitas seated left, holding a caduceus upraised in her right hand, a cornucopia in her left arm, FELICITAS PVBLICA, very lustrous coin, high relief and wonderfully lovely portrait of Julia Mamaea, detailed and sharp reverse, full and sharp legends on both sides of the coin (with the exception of the A in PVBLICA), a very pretty and very sharp portrait of Julia (what a doll, despite her reputed imperious manners), very lovely coin indeed well struck and centered, Asking price: $395 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)000_0478.JPG

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Severus Alexander Denarius

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Julia Mamaea Denarius

000_0476.JPG000_0475.JPG000_0474.JPG000_0473.JPG000_0472.JPG000_0471.JPG000_0470.JPG000_0468.JPG000_0467.JPG000_0466.JPG000_0464.JPG000_0462.JPG000_0461.JPG000_0460.JPGJulia Mamaea Denarius, Mother of the emperor Severus Alexander, struck at Rome AD 222, RIC IV, Part II, 343, page 98; RSC 35; Van Meter 5, 2.92 gms, Obverse: draped bust of Julia Mamaea facing right, her hair elaborately waved, IVLIA MAMAEA AVG, Reverse: Juno standing half left, holding a long scepter in her left hand and a patera in her right, a peacock at her feet, IVNO CONSERVATRIX, very lustrous coin, a high relief, sharp, and very pretty and coiffed portrait of Julia Mamaea, a very sharp and detailed Juno on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides of the coin with the exception of the E in MAMAEA softly struck (there is no pitting there as the photos with the light shining from the right seem to indicate; the legends were difficult to photograph, and are much sharper in hand), a very lovely and sharp coin with a very pretty portrait of Julia and a detailed Juno, Asking price: $285 includes priority shipping and insurance000_0459.JPG

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Gordian III Antoninianus

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