Gordian II

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. AU...

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Gordian II 238 A.D.

Gordian was the son of the father of the same name. He led a hopelessly outclassed militia army against a Roman legion headed by Capellianus and died in battle. AR Denarius RIC 1, BMC 19, C 5 Denarius Obv: IMPMANTGORDIANVSAFRAVG - Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Rev: PROVIDENTIAAVGG - Providentia standing left, holding wand over a globe, cornucopia in left; left elbow resting on short column, legs crossed at ankles. March - April 238 (Rome). $2,500 1/13/03. RIC 2, BMC 28, C 12 Denarius Obv: IMPMANTGORDIANVSAFRAVG - Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Rev: VICTORIAAVG...

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