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US Coins Signature Auction #1327 postponed to February 23 - 25. Get details.

    Description

    Gordian III (AD 238-244). AV aureus (20mm, 4.97 gm, 12h). NGC MS 5/5 - 4/5. 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, nude but for chlamys over left shoulder, radiate head left, raising right hand, globe outward in left. RIC IV.III 97. Calic├│ 3186. Well struck from fresh dies on lustrous flan.

    From the Paramount Collection

    This attractive gold aureus illustrates the monetary crisis about to engulf the Roman Empire. Its weight of 4.97 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.


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    March
    1st Monday
    Auction Dates
    March
    25th-27th Thursday-Saturday
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