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Gordian III Antoninianus

000_3185.JPG000_3184.JPG000_3182.JPG000_3181.JPG000_3180.JPG000_3177.JPG000_3175.JPG000_3173.JPG000_3171.JPG000_3170.JPGGordian III Antoninianus, Emperor AD 238-244, minted at Rome AD 241-243, RIC IV, 83; RSC 41; Van Meter 3, 23 x 24 mm, 4.5 gms, Obverse: radiate and draped bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Reverse: Sol standing half left, his head left, raising his right hand in salute and holding a globe in his upraised left palm, AETERNITATI AVG, very lustrous coin, a wonderfully superb portrait of Gordian III in very (!) high relief, very detailed Sol on the reverse, full and sharp obverse legend, full and clear reverse legend though the reverse legend is slightly softly struck, a gorgeous and stunning coin graded “EF for strength of strike, Near Mint for wear.” I wholeheartedly agree with this quote/grade by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased the coin.   What a beauty, and struck on a flan that I see now more and more described as a “full circle strike,” “full circle beaded,” and “medallic flan.”  Asking price: $225 includes priority shipping and insurance000_3169.JPG

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Gordian III Antoninianus

000_3340.JPG000_3337.JPG000_3336.JPG000_3334.JPG000_3332.JPG000_3331.JPG000_3328.JPG000_3327.JPG000_3324.JPGGordian III Antoninianus, Emperor AD 238-244, RIC 150; RSC 299, Van Meter 46,  24 mm, 4.3 gms, Obverse: radiate and draped bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Reverse: Providentia standing left, holding a wand (baton) she is pointing downward in her right hand and holding a long scepter in her left arm, a globe at her feet, PROVIDENTIA AVG, very lustrous coin (glittery and a bit hard to photograph), sharp and fantastic sideburned portrait of Gordian III in very high relief, detailed reverse, full and sharp legends on both sides, the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased the coin remarks of it: “EF and lustrous.” A lovely coin, Asking price: $165 includes priority shipping and insurance000_3322.JPG

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Gordian III Antoninianus

000_2934.JPG000_2932.JPG000_2931.JPG000_2930.JPG000_2926.JPG000_2925.JPG000_2923.JPG000_2921.JPG000_2919.JPGGordian III Antoninianus, Emperor AD 238-244, minted at Rome July-Dec, AD 243, RIC IV, Part III, 156, page 31; RSC 353; Van Meter 55, 4.42 gms, Obverse: radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Reverse: Victory standing left, holding a shield in her right hand that is set atop a captive at her feet, and cradling a branch in her left arm, VICTORIA AETERNA, very lustrous coin, a wonderful and sharp portrait of Gordian III in high relief, very detailed reverse, full and crisp legends on both sides with the exception of ICT in VICTORIA on the reverse very slightly softly struck though still very clear, a well centered and struck coin that is a beauty, Asking price: $165 includes priority shipping and insurance000_2918.JPG

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Gordian III Antoninianus

000_3109.JPG000_3108.JPG000_3107.JPG000_3106.JPG000_3105.JPG000_3104.JPG000_3103.JPG000_3101.JPG000_3100.JPG000_3099.JPG000_3098.JPG000_3096.JPG000_3095.JPG000_3094.JPG000_3093.JPGGordian III Antoninianus, Emperor AD 238-244, struck at Rome AD 240, RIC IV, 83; RSC 41; Van Meter 3, 4.52 gms, Obverse: radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Reverse: Sol standing half left, his head left, raising his right hand in salute and holding a globe in his upraised left palm, AETERNITATI AVG, very lustrous coin, sharp and beautiful portrait of Gordian III in high relief, detailed and sharp Sol on the reverse, full and sharp legends on both obverse and reverse, a very lovely coin well struck and centered, Asking price: $175 includes priority shipping and insurance000_3092.JPG

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Gordian III Antoninianus

000_3380.JPG000_3379.JPG000_3377.JPG000_3375.JPG000_3374.JPG000_3372.JPG000_3369.JPG000_3367.JPG000_3366.JPG000_3365.JPG000_3364.JPG000_3363.JPGGordian III Antoninianus, Emperor AD 238-244, struck at Rome AD 241-243, RIC IV, 83; RSC 41; Van Meter 3, 4.20 gms, Obverse: radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Reverse: Sol standing facing (half right), his head left, his right hand raised in salute, a globe in his left hand, AETERNITATI AVG, very lustrous coin, a sharp and superb portrait of Gordian III in very high relief, detailed and sharp Sol on the reverse, full and sharp legends on both sides, a beautiful coin well struck and centered, Asking price: $195 includes priority shipping and insurance000_3361.JPG

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Gordian III Antoninianus

000_3224.JPG000_3223.JPG000_3222.JPG000_3221.JPG000_3220.JPG000_3218.JPG000_3216.JPG000_3215.JPG000_3214.JPG000_3213.JPG000_3209.JPG000_3208.JPGGordian III Antoninianus, Emperor AD 238-244, minted at Rome AD 239, RIC IV, Part III, page 19, 39; RSC 383, Obverse: radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG, Reverse: Virtus standing left, holding a branch in his upraised right hand and a spear (long scepter? I’ve seen it described as both) in his left arm, a shield resting on the ground against his right leg, VIRTVS AVG, very lustrous coin, a wonderful and sharp portrait of Gordian III in very high relief, detailed reverse, full and sharp obverse legend, full and crisp legend on the reverse with the exception of VIRTVS on the reverse slightly softly struck though much sharper in hand, a very lovely coin indeed, Asking price: $125 includes priority shipping and insurance000_3207.JPG

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Caracalla Denarius

000_3168.JPG000_3165.JPG000_3163.JPG000_3161.JPG000_3160.JPG000_3159.JPG000_3158.JPG000_3157.JPG000_3156.JPG000_3153.JPG000_3151.JPGCaracalla Denarius, Emperor AD 198-217, minted at Rome AD 213, RIC 223; RSC 150; Van Meter 47, 19.5 mm, 3.0 gms, Obverse: laureate bust of Caracalla facing right, ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT, Reverse: Mars advancing left, holding a spear in his right hand and carrying a trophy over his left shoulder, MARTI PROPVGNATORI, very lustrous coin, a sharp and superb portrait of Caracalla in very high relief with his usual bellicose visage, very detailed Mars on the reverse, full and sharp legends on both sides, a lovely and sharp coin well centered and struck, a beauty and a scarce type for Caracalla, Asking price: $250 includes priority shipping and insurance000_3150.JPG

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Philip II Antoninianus

000_3321.JPG000_3320.JPG000_3317.JPG000_3316.JPG000_3314.JPG000_3312.JPG000_3310.JPG000_3309.JPG000_3307.JPG000_3306.JPGPhilip II Antoninianus, Emperor AD 247-249, struck as Caesar AD 244-247, RIC 216c; RSC 54; Van Meter 10/2, Obverse: radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip II facing right, M IVL PHILIPPVS CAES, Reverse: Philip II standing right, holding a globe and a spear, PRINCIPI IVVENT, very lustrous coin, a sharp and superb portrait of this young son of Philip I in high relief, very detailed reverse, full and sharp legends on both sides, a lovely, lovely coin well struck and centered, Asking price: $250 includes priority shipping and insurance000_3304.JPG

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Severus Alexander Denarius

000_2985.JPG000_2984.JPG000_2982.JPG000_2980.JPG000_2979.JPG000_2978.JPG000_2977.JPG000_2976.JPG000_2975.JPG000_2974.JPG000_2973.JPG000_2972.JPG000_2971.JPG000_2970.JPGSeverus Alexander Denarius, Emperor AD 222-235, struck at Rome AD 231-235, RIC 246; RSC 161, Obverse: laureate and draped bust of Severus Alexander facing right, IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, Reverse: Mars advancing right, holding a spear and a shield, MARS VLTOR, very lustrous coin, a superb portrait of Alexander in very high relief, very detailed Mars on the reverse, full and sharp legends on both sides. Note: that is not a line or scratch on Alexander’s face in the photos with the light shining from the left. As the photos with the light from the right show, it is a barely perceptible demarcation between ever so slightly different shades of the luster. In hand the two shades blend together perfectly and is no detraction. There are NO black spots on Alexander’s nose as in the photos with the light from the right: some sort of shadow or light feature. This is a gorgeous coin that is well struck and centered with a wonderful and very high relief portrait and an exquisitely detailed Mars, Asking price: $190 includes priority shipping and insurance000_2969.JPG

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Gordian III Antoninianus

000_2840.JPG000_2839.JPG000_2838.JPG000_2837.JPG000_2834.JPG000_2833.JPG000_2832.JPG000_2829.JPG000_2828.JPG000_2827.JPG000_2826.JPGGordian III Antoninianus, Emperor AD 238-244, struck at Rome AD 241-243, RIC IV, 84; RSC 109; Van Meter 20, 23.17 mm, 4.1 gms, Obverse: radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Reverse: Jupiter standing half left, his head right, holding a scepter in his left arm and a thunderbolt in his right, IOVI STATORI, lustrous coin with very light attractive toning, sharp and expressionistic portrait of Gordian III in high relief, very detailed Jupiter and his patented trademarks on the reverse, full and sharp legends on both sides, graded EF/EF by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased the coin and who remarks of it: “A nice ant with pin sharp detail.” A beautiful coin well struck and centered, Asking price: $180 includes priority shipping and insurance000_2825.JPG

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