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17 Jul 2016

Gordian III Eagle

Ancient Coins | Aidan


Photo by Pegasi

Description:
ROMAN EGYPT. Gordian III, 238-244 AD. Billon Tetradrachm (12.96 gm) of Alexandria year 7(243/44 AD).
Obv. Draped cuirassed bust
Rev. Eagle with wings spread, standing on laurel wreath.
They say it's toned and in VF+.


Bought this lovely coin, suggested by my friend who collects ancient eagles, at the Colorado show during the ANA Summer Seminar (the day I arrived). This was sold previously at a Pegasi auction in 2011, and now resides in my collection!
This coin's patina is like a dark chocolate and literally impossible for me to photograph, but found a decent photo on acsearch which will do.

Not knowing any of Gordian's history, I did some research and was surprised by his short story. After the death of Gordian's grandfather and uncle, the senate nominated two senators as joint emperors for the empire. The praetorian guard had other ideas, and made the 13 year old Caesar and within a couple of months murdered the two senators. When Phillip came to power in 243 A.D., he had Gordian killed who was 19 years old.

Comments

Mike B

Level 6

Liked it so much I bought one from one of my sellers. For an ancient it has a ton of luster. I bought an au couldn't find a mint state. But your blog is the one that impressed me enough to buy one thanks.

Aidan

Level 4

You're very welcome! These aren't cheap, so I'm wondering what you paid for yours. Plus I'd love to see a pic!

user_7180

Level 5

It is always great to take the opportunity to own and gain knowledge about new items.

Kepi

Level 6

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing and so glad that you got to attend Summer Seminar!

Pliny The Elder

Level 5

That is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this.

Aidan

Level 4

Thanks guys, I did forget to mention that this is a scarce type, not rare but hard to find. If you find one of these types with the eagle with wings spread pick it up! ;)

ShriekenGriffon

Level 5

cool coin! I dont have any ancients yet

Mike B

Level 6

What a great pickup. Good for you enjoy that beauty. I hope you had a great time there. I would of went for the coin. Keep up the good work but thanks for the history that's important good stuff. Mike

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