Gordian III               238 - 244 A.D.


When the revolt of Gordian I & II in Northern Africa failed the Senate appointed Pupienus and Balbinus as joint emperors. However, this choice proved to be so unpopular that the Senate sought and found the grandson of Gordian I and named him Caesar so as to give an air of a dynastic lineage. Balbinus and Pupienus were murdered soon after leaving the teenage Gordian I as sole emperor. Gordian III then spent the next several years in relative obscurity participating in various wars. He was killed by agents of his Praetorian Prefect, Philip, who had ambitions to become emperor himself.



Obv-IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG Laureate draped bust right

Rev-PMSCOLVIM Moesia standing between bull and lion. ANIIII in ex

BMC 12

Obv-AV K M ANT-GORDIANOC Bare, curassed bust right.

Rev-COL FL-PAC DEVLT Aphrodite standing facing, head left, washing her hair. Urn or amphora beside her. Deultum.

Obv-AV K M ANT GOPDIANOC Bare, draped bust of Gordian III facing Serapis.

Rev-VP MENOPHILOV Apollo standing front and facing left, holding right hand to head. Seems to be looking over an alter at feet. TE in left field.

Pick 1130 or 1131

Obv-IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG Laureate draped bust right

Rev-LAETITIA AVG N Laetitia standing left, with wreath and anchor.

RIC 300a

Obv-IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG Laureate draped bust right

Rev-AETERNITATI AVG SC Sol standing front, head left, with raised hand & holding globe.

RIC 297a