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Aureus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Gordian III

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  • A work made of gold.


239 (late July-December), issued by Gordian III


Roman, minted in Rome

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The front (obverse) of this coin portrays the profile head of Emperor Gordian III facing right, laureate, wearing a cuirass (body armor) and paludamentum (military cloak). On the back (reverse), Victory walks left, a wreath in her right hand, and a palm branch over left shoulder.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman


Aureus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Gordian III


Rome (Minted in)

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239 CE




Obverse: IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG "Imperator Caesar Marcus Antonius Gordianus Augustus" Reverse: PM TR P II COS P P


Diam.: 2 cm (13/16 in.)

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Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

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