Death of Roman Emperor Gordian III

11 Feb 2021  Thu

An ancient silver Roman Imperial Antoninianus coin, minted by Emperor Gordian III, who ruled the Roman Empire from 238 AD to 244 AD.

The obverse features Gordian III’s radiate, draped and cuirassed bust facing right. Other inscriptions include “IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG”. The reverse depicts the Virtuas standing facing in military dress, head left, with shield and spear. Other inscriptions on the reverse include “VIRTVS AVG”.

Born on 20th 225 AD, Gordian was the grandson and nephew of two earlier kings who shared the same name. He became the Roman leader when he was 13 and was killed during a battle in Mesopotamia on 11th February, 244 AD, at the age of 19. Some historians believe that he was killed by his own men as they wanted Philip to take over his throne. There is no strong evidence to confirm this fact though.

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