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    Gordian III (AD 238-244). AV aureus (21mm, 5.05 gm, 12h). NGC Choice MS 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style. Rome, ca. AD 241-243. IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian III right, seen from behind / AETER-NITATI AVG, Sol, standing facing, radiate head left, raising right hand, globe outward in left. RIC IV.III 97. Calicó 3186a. Scarce, lustrous, and superb. Seldom seen in this high grade.

    This attractive gold aureus illustrates the monetary crisis about to engulf the Roman Empire. Its weight of 5.05 grams is only 3/4 the weight of aurei issued during the Severan era, and points to the shortage of precious metals caused by a worsening spiral of inflation and debasement. Silver was also in short supply, which caused the venerable silver denarius to be driven out of circulation by its inflationary cousin, the antoninianus. Portraiture and overall workmanship were still of a high standard, however, and the youth and innocence of Gordian are quite evident in his obverse image.


    戈爾迪安三世(公元238-244年)。標準重奧雷金幣(21mm, 5.05gm, 12h)。NGC Choice MS 5/5-5/5,Fine Style。 羅馬造幣廠,約公元241-243年。正面幣文IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG,戈爾迪安三世戴桂葉冠胸像面右,衣有垂褶,著胸甲。背面幣文AETER-NITATI AVG, 太陽神索爾正面站立,頭戴放射形頭冠面右,舉起右手,左右托球。參TIC IV.III 97. Calicó 3186a。珍罕、有光澤、精湛,鮮有見到這一高分。

    這枚富有吸引力的奧雷金幣展現了即將吞沒羅馬帝國的貨幣危機。它重5.05克,僅為塞維魯時期鑄行的奧雷金幣的四分之三,指向了由螺旋式惡化的通貨膨脹和貶值導致的貴金屬短缺。白銀也供不應求,以至於珍貴的"良幣"狄納里銀幣在通貨膨脹中被其相關對應物"劣幣"安東尼尼安努斯銀幣逐出了流通。不過,幣面肖像和整體工藝仍然是高水準的,而錢幣正面的戈爾迪安形像中他的年輕和純真可見一斑。


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