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Tranquillina, Augusta, May 241 - 25 February 244 A.D.

Tranquillina was the beautiful daughter of the faithful Praetorian Prefect Timisitheus and was married to Gordian III in May 241 A.D. Greatly loved by her husband, she survived his assassination, possibly due to her immense popularity with both the general population and the soldiery. The imperial coinage of Tranquillina is very rare. Provincial coinage of Tranquillina is not as scarce.


Gordian III and Tranquillina, May 241 - 25 February 244 A.D., Anchialus, Thrace

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Anchialus (Pomorie, Bulgaria today) was 15 km north of Apollonia on the opposite coast of the Gulf of Burgas. Ovid wrote of the fortified walls of Anchialus in 9 A.D., enroute to Tomis. Anchialos thrived in the 2nd and 3rd centuries serving as the most important import and export station of Thrace and acquired the appearance of a Roman city under the Severan Dynasty.
RP84550. Bronze AE 25, Varbanov 672 (R4); AMNG II 665; BMC Thrace -; SNG Cop -, VF, green patina, tight flan, centration dimples, areas of light corrosion, weight 9.670 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, die axis 0o, Anchialus (Pomorie, Bulgaria) mint, May 241 - 25 Feb 244 A.D.; obverse AYT K M ANT ΓOR∆IANOC AYΓ CAB, TPANKUΛΛ/INA (ending in two lines below), confronted busts of Gordian III, on left, laureate, draped, and cuirassed, and Tranquillina, on right, draped and wearing stephane; reverse OYΛΠIANΩN AΓXIAΛEΩN, Asklepios standing facing, head left, snake entwined staff in right hand, himation over left shoulder and around hips and legs; ex-CNG e-auction 37 (2 Apr 2016), lot 2536; $100.00 (Ä89.00)


Tranquillina, Augusta, May 241 - 25 February 244 A.D., Alliance of Perga and Side, Pamphilia

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Perga was renowned for the worship of Artemis, whose temple stood on a hill outside the town, and in whose honor annual festivals were celebrated. Side's Temple of Apollo was located at the end of the city's peninsula site, overlooking the sea.
RP73194. Bronze AE 26, SNG BnF 500 (same dies), Franke-Nolle 1669 (same dies); BMC Lycia p. 142, 107, aVF, well centered, nice jade green patina, weight 11.610 g, maximum diameter 26.5 mm, die axis 0o, Perga mint, consular legate Tertullianus, May 241 - 25 Feb 244; obverse CΑΒΕΙ ΤΡΑΝΚVΛΛΕΙΝΑΝ CΕΒ, draped bust of Tranquillina right, crescent behind shoulders; reverse ΠΕΡΓΑΙΩΝ CΙ∆ΗΤΩΝ ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ, Artemis of Perga on left, standing right, quiver over shoulder, long torch in left hand, clasping right hands with Apollo of Side, he is turning right, looking back left, long scepter in his left; SOLD


Tranquillina, Augusta, May 241 - 25 February 244 A.D., Deultum, Thrace

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Tranquillina was the beautiful daughter of the faithful Praetorian Prefect Timisitheus and was married to Gordian III in May 241 A.D. Greatly loved by her husband, she survived his assassination, possibly due to her immense popularity with both the general population and the soldiery. The imperial coinage of Tranquillina is very rare. Provincial coinage of Tranquillina is more available.
RP38142. Bronze AE 25, Jurukova Deultum 394, Varbanov II 2933, VF, attractive green patina, weight 9.336 g, maximum diameter 25.0 mm, die axis 0o, Deultum (Debelt, Bulgaria) mint, May 241 - 25 Feb 244 A.D.; obverse SAB TRANQVILLINA AVG, diademed and draped bust right; reverse COL FL PAC DEVLT, Minerva leaning left, looking right, in left raised shield, with right throwing spear; SOLD







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REFERENCES

Cohen, H. Description historique des monnaies frappťes sous líEmpire Romain, Vol. 5: Gordian I to Valerian II. (Paris, 1885).
Mattingly, H.B., E.A. Sydenham & C.H.V. Sutherland. The Roman Imperial Coinage, Vol IV, From Pertinax to Uranius Antoninus. (London, 1986).
Robinson, A. Roman Imperial Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet, University of Glasgow, Vol. III. Pertinax to Aemilian. (Oxford, 1977).
Seaby, H.A. & D.R. Sear. Roman Silver Coins, Volume IV, Gordian III to Postumus. (London, 1982).
Sear, D.R. Roman Coins and Their Values III, The Accession of Maximinus I to the Death of Carinus AD 235 - AD 285. (London, 2005).

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