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.

Denarius

RIC 1 AR Denarius Obv: MANTGORDIANVSCAES, bare-headed and draped bust right, seen from behind.
Rev: PIETASAVGG, augur's wand, sacrificial knife, sacrificial jug, simpulum and sprinkler.


RIC 81, Cohen 234 AR Denarius Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PMTRPIIICOSPP - Gordian riding horse left, holding hand high in salute and scepter.


RIC 111, Cohen 39 AR Denarius Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: AETERNITATIAVG - Sol standing left with right hand raised in salute and in left hand, a globe. Lot sold for $25 2/26/02.


RIC 112, Cohen 113 AR Denarius Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: IOVISSTATOR - Jupiter standing front, head right, holding scepter and thunderbolt.


RIC 113, Cohen 120 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: LAETITIAAVGN - Laetitia standing left, holding corn-ears and anchor.


RIC 114, Cohen 238 AR Denarius Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PMTRPIIICOSIIPP - Apollo seated left holding branch.


RIC 115, Cohen 243 AR Denarius Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PMTRPIIICOSIIPP - Gordian III standing right, holding spear at forty-five degree angle and globe.


RIC 116, Cohen 403 AR Denarius Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: VIRTVTIAVGVSTI - Hercules, naked, standing right, resting right hand on club set atop rock, a lion skin lies beside rock.


RIC 127, Cohen 69 AR Denarius Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: DIANALVCIFEA - Diana standing right holding torch with both hands.


RIC 129 AR Denarius Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: PIETASAVGVSTI - Pietas standing front with head turned left; both arms held out with palms facing. Lot sold for $30 12/15/01.


RIC 129a, Cohen 325 AR Denarius Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: SALVSAVGVSTI - Salus standing front with head turned right; feeding a snake held in both arms.


RIC 130, Cohen 340 AR Denarius Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: SECVRITASPVBLICA - Securitas seated left, holding scepter and propping head with left hand, elbow bent on back of the chair. Lot sold for $24 12/18/01.


RIC 131 AR Denarius Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: VENVSVICTRIX - Venus standing left, holding helmet and scepter, leaning on shield at rear.


AR Antoninianus

RIC 1, Cohen 86 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, cuirassed and draped.
Rev: FIDESMILITVM - Fides standing front, head left, holding standard and a transverse scepter.


RIC 2, Cohen 105 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, cuirassed and draped.
Rev: IOVICONSERVATORI - Jupiter standing front, head left, holding a thunderbolt and scepter; small Gordian standing on left.


RIC 3, Cohen 173 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: PAXAVGVSTI - Pax standing front, head left, holding olive-branch upward with right hand and left hand a transverse scepter.


RIC 4, Cohen 302 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: PROVIDENTIAAVG - Providentia standing front, head left, holding globe and transverse scepter.


RIC 5, Cohen 357 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: VICTORIAAVG - Victory walking left, holding wreath and palm.


RIC 6, Cohen 381 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: VIRTVSAVG - Virtus standing left, holding reversed spear and right hand resting on shield.


RIC 15, Cohen 205 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PMTRPIICOSPP - Fides standing front, head left, holding standard and transverse scepter. Lot sold for $19 12/20/01.


RIC 16, Cohen 189 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PMTRPIICOSPP - Jupiter standing to the front, his head left, holding thunderbolt and scepter, at his feet a small Gordian III.


RIC 18, Cohen 196 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PMTRPIICOSPP - Providentia standing front, head left, holding globe and transverse scepter.


RIC 19, Cohen 199 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PMTRPIICOSPP - Victory walking left holding wreath and palm.


RIC 20, Cohen 194 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: PMTRPIICOSPP - Virtus standing left, holding spear and balancing shield against body with right hand.


RIC 27, Cohen 190 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PMTRPIICOSPP - Jupiter seated left, holding [thunderbolt?] globe and scepter; at feet, left, an eagle.


RIC 34 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: AEQVITASAVG - Equity standing left, holding scales and cornucopia.


RIC 35, Cohen 50 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: CONCORDIAAVG - Concordia seated left, holding patera and double cornucopia.


RIC 36, Cohen 130 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: LIBERALITASAVGII - Liberalitas standing left, holding an abacus and a double cornucopia. Lot sold for $16 12/16/01.


RIC 37, Cohen 210 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: PMTRPIICOSPP - Gordian standing left, holding a patera over an altar with right hand. Left hand holds a baton. Lot sold for $16 2/28/02.


RIC 38, Cohen 312 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, cuirassed and draped.
Rev: ROMAEAETERNAE - Roma seated on shield, holding Victory and a scepter.


RIC 39, Cohen 383 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, cuirassed and draped.
Rev: VIRTVSAVG - Virtus standing left, holding spear and leaning on shield.


RIC 51, Cohen 22 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESGORDIANVSPIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: AEQVITASAVG - Equity standing left, holding cornucopia and scales.


RIC 52, Cohen 53 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESGORDIANVSPIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: CONCORDIAAVG - Concordia seated left holding patera and double cornucopia.


RIC 53, Cohen 133 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESGORDIANVSPIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: LIBERALITASAVGII - Liberalitas standing left, holding an abacus and a double cornucopia. Lot sold for $33 1/8/02.


RIC 54, Cohen 212 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESGORDIANVSPIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PMTRPIICOSPP - Gordian standing left, holding a patera over an altar with right hand. Left hand holds a baton.


RIC 55, Cohen 313 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESGORDIANVSPIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: ROMAEAETERNAE - Roma seated left on shield, holding Victory and a scepter.


RIC 63, Cohen 25 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: AEQVITASAVG - Equity standing left, holding cornucopia and scales. Lot sold for $16 2/18/02.


RIC 65, Cohen 62 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: CONCORDIAMILIT - Concordia seated left, holding patera and double cornucopia. Lot sold for $13 11/13/01.


RIC 67, Cohen 142 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: LIBERALITASAVGIII - Liberalitas standing left holding abacus and cornucopia.


RIC 68, Cohen 216 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: IOVIS STATOR - Jupiter standing front, head turned right and holding scepter and thunderbolt close to body. Lot sold for $15 11/16/01.


RIC 69, Cohen 226 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: PMTRPIIICOSPP - Gordian standing left, holding a patera over an altar with right hand. Left hand holds a baton.


RIC 70, Cohen 314 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: ROMAEAETERNAE - Roma seated left on shield, holding Victory and a scepter. Lot sold for $11 11/17/01.


RIC 71, Cohen 388 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: VIRTVSAVG - Virtus standing left, holding olive branch, while leaning on shield and holding reversed spear. Lot sold for $16 12/18/01.


RIC 83, Cohen 41 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: AETERNITATIAVG - Sol standing front, head left, raising right hand in salute and holding globe. Lot sold for $13 11/19/01.


RIC 84, Cohen 109 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: IOVISTATORI - Jupiter standing front, head turned right and holding scepter and thunderbolt close to body. Lot sold for $14 11/13/01.


RIC 85, Cohen 115 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: IOVISSTATOR - Jupiter standing front, head turned right and holding scepter and thunderbolt close to body. Lot sold for $15 11/16/01.


RIC 86, Cohen 121 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: LAETITIAAVGN - Laetitia standing left, holding wreath in right hand and anchor in left.


RIC 87, Cohen 237 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: PMTRPIIICOSIIPP - Apollo seated left, holding branch in right hand. Lot sold for $18 11/14/01.


RIC 88, Cohen 250 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: PMTRPIIIICOSIIPP - Apollo seated left, holding branch in right hand. Lot sold for $16 12/17/01.


RIC 89, Cohen 262 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: PMTRPVCOSIIPP - Apollo seated left, holding branch in right hand.


RIC 90, Cohen 272 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PMTRPVICOSIIPP - Apollo seated left, holding branch in right hand, harp in left.


RIC 91, Cohen 242 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PMTRPIIICOSIIPP - Emperor standing right, holding a spear and a globe.


RIC 92, Cohen 253 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: ROMAEAETERNAE - Roma seated left on shield, holding Victory and a scepter. Lot sold for $12 11/18/01.


RIC 93, Cohen 266 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: PMTRPVCOSIIPP - Emperor standing right, holding a spear and a globe.


RIC 95, Cohen 404 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: VIRTVTIAVGVSTI - Hercules standing front, head turned right, leaning on club on rock and holding lion skin.


RIC 140, Cohen 71 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: FELICITTEMP - Felicitas standing left with caduceus and cornucopia. Lot sold for $15 12/15/01.


RIC 142, Cohen 81 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: FELICITASTEMPORVM - Felicitas standing left with caduceus and cornucopia.


RIC 143, Cohen 97 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: FORTREDVX - Fortuna seated left, holding rudder and cornucopia.


RIC 144, Cohen 98 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: FORTVNAREDVX - Fortuna seated left, holding rudder and cornucopia; wheel under chair.


RIC 145, Cohen 155 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: MARSPROPVG - Mars advancing right, cloak flying behind, brandishing spear and holding shield in the ready position. Lot sold for $32 11/17/01.


RIC 146, Cohen 156 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: MARSPROPVGNAT - Mars advancing right, cloak flying behind, brandishing spear and holding shield in the ready position.


RIC 147, Cohen 160 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: MARTEMPROPVGNATOREM - Mars advancing right, cloak flying behind, brandishing spear and holding shield in the ready position. Lot sold for $14 11/21/01.


RIC 148, Cohen 296 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: PROVIDAVG - Providentia standing left, holding a baton over the globe (universe-world) at her feet; left hand grasps perpendicular scepter. Lot sold for $15 11/20/01.


RIC 150, Cohen 299 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PROVIDENTIAAVG - Providentia standing left, holding a baton over the globe (universe-world) at her feet; left hand grasps perpendicular scepter.


RIC 151, Cohen 327 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: SECVRITPERP - Securitas standing left, leaning on column with left elbow while grasping scepter in right hand; left leg crossed over right.


RIC 153, Cohen 336 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: SECVRITASPERPETVA - Securitas standing left, leaning on column with left elbow while grasping scepter in right hand; left leg crossed over right.


RIC 154, Cohen 348 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: VICTORAETER - Victory standing left, holding palm and resting right hand of shield set atop a captive.


RIC 156, Cohen 353 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: VICTORIAAETERNA - Victory standing left, holding palm and resting right hand of shield set atop a captive. Lot sold for $16 11/20/01.


RIC 170, Cohen 190 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PMTRPIICOSPP - Jupiter seated left, holding [thunderbolt?] globe and scepter; at feet, left, an eagle.


RIC 172, Cohen 196 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PMTRPIICOSPP - Providentia standing front, head left, holding globe and transverse scepter.


RIC 177a AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: AEQVITASAVG - Equity standing left, holding scales and cornucopia.


RIC 178a(var.) AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind.
REv: CONCORDIAAVG, Concordia standing left, holding patera and cornucopiae.


RIC 182 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: FIDESMILITVM - Fides standing left, holding standard (and transverse scepter).


RIC 187a, Cohen 126 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: LIBERALITASAVGII - Libertas standing left, holding a pileus and transverse rod.


RIC 200, Cohen 312 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, cuirassed and draped.
Rev: ROMAEAETERNAE - Roma seated on shield, holding Victory and a scepter.


RIC 205, Cohen 381 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCAESMANTGORDIANVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: VIRTVSAVG - Virtus standing left holding spear and resting hand on shield. Lot sold for $138 1/27/02.


RIC 210, Cohen 98 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, cuirassed
Rev: FORTVNAREDVX - Fortuna seated left, holding cornucopia and rudder.


RIC 212, Cohen 162 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, cuirassed
Rev: MARTIPACIFERO - Mars advancing left, holding olive branch and spear and shield.


RIC 213, Cohen 167 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, cuirassed
Rev: ORIENSAVG - Sol standing left, right hand raised in salute and left hand holding out a globe. Lot sold for $22 11/15/01.


RIC 214, Cohen 179 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: PAXAVGVSTI - Pax advancing left, holding branch and scepter.


RIC 214b, Cohen 179 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PAXAVGVSTI - Pax advancing left, holding branch and scepter.


RIC 216, Cohen 319 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPGORDIANPIVSFELAVG - Radiate bust right, cuirassed.
Rev: SAECVLIFELICITAS - Gordian standing right, holding spear and globe.


Sestertius

RIC 303a, Cohen 262 Obv: IMPGORDIANVSPIVSFELAVG. laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PMTRPVCOSIIPP. Apollo, bare to waist, seated left, holding branch and resting elbow on lyre.


Provincials

Unattributed AE27 (Nikopolis ad Istrum) Obv: greek legend; laureate, draped bust right.
Rev: greek legend; large eagle.