In addition to my antique jewelry finds, I have been an avid coin collector since childhood. There is just something alluring to me about being able to hold a piece of history in your hand and know that it is from a completely different time. Your imagination gets a jump start and you can only begin to think about how many others have held this very treasure over the years.
This piece is from my collection of Roman Coins. Ancient coins like this one were hand struck giving them an odd shape. The image on the front is of a young Gordian III. Born in 225 he was the grandson of Gordian I and the nephew of Gordian II.
After the senate had taken it upon themselves to elect two of their own men as co-emperors, they were soon to realize that these two men were not a popular choice among the Roman people. They quickly took Gordian III and rose him to the rank of Caesar. He was popular with the Romans as many had been strong supporters of his uncle and grandfather making him a popular heir to the throne.
In 238 Gordian III was proclaimed sole emperor after the murder of Pupienus and Balbinus.
Because he was so young at the time of his ascension to the throne, many of the states affairs were controlled by aristocratic families through the senate. With the help of his father in-law Timesitheus, many battles were won, but after his father in-law’s mysterious death his campaign and security were both at risk.
A new praetorian prefect was elected and Marcus Julius Philippus continued where Timesitheus left off. In 244 however their enemy counter attacked and Gordian III was killed. He was succeeded by Praetorian Prefect Philip.
This coin dates to Gordian's reign from 238-244AD. The back of this coin has a different image then the Gordian III coin that I have listed without a mounting. It is solid silver and weighs 5.12g and is 23mm not including the sterling silver coin mounting. It is in excellent condition with beautiful detail and has been securely fastened in a hand forged solid sterling silver bezel. The piece measures an inch across not including the bale.
This coin is authentic! Not a modern reproduction and would make a wonderful addition or start to any collection.
Rx.AETERNITATI AVG. Sol
stg.1, holding globe.
*Chain not included!*
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