Gordian II Africanus. AD 238. Æ Sestertius. Struck 1-22 April AD 238. 39+ year pedigree. Rare.


Gordian II. AD 238. Æ Sestertius 28 mm. 17.2 gm. Rome mint. Struck 1-22 April. Obv: IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AFR AVG, Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. Rev: VIRTVS AVGG, SC, Virtus, helmeted, in military attire, standing left, holding shield set on ground in right hand and spear in left. RIC IV 8; BMCRE 31-2; Banti 7. Ex. Dr. Eupremio Montenegro, Torino, 1983. Plate coin from The superb patinas of the Sestertii of Imperial Rome by Elio Biaggi.  Gordian II has the unfortunate distinction of having the shortest reign of any Roman emperor, just 21 days.

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