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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ Roman Coins ▸ Crisis and Decline ▸ Gordian IView Options:  |  |  | 

Gordian I Africanus, c. 18 or 22 March - c. 12 April 238 A.D.

Marcus Antonius Gordianus Sempronianus Romanus was proconsul of Africa where he and his son were selected as leaders of a local rebellion. The Roman Senate, hoping to rid themselves of the harsh Emperor Maximinus, concurred and declared the father and son emperors. The Gordians did not, however, have an army. They stood no chance when challenged by a legion led by Capellianus, the Governor of Numidia. Gordian II was killed in battle. Hearing the news Gordian I committed suicide.


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This reverse type is representative for a senate backed revolt.
SH46955. Silver denarius, SRCV III 8447; RIC IV, part 2, 4; BMCRE VI 8; RSC III 8, aVF, weight 2.852 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Mar - Apr 238 A.D.; obverse IMP M ANT GORDIANVS AFR AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse ROMAE AETERNAE (to eternal Rome), Roma seated left on shield, Victory in right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand; great portrait; very rare; SOLD


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This reverse type is representative for a senatorial backed revolt
SH10942. Silver denarius, RIC IV, part 2, 4; BMCRE VI 8, gVF, frosty surfaces, weight 2.735 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, Mar - Apr 238 A.D.; obverse IMP M ANT GORDIANVS AFR AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse ROMAE AETERNAE (to eternal Rome), Roma seated left on shield holding Victory and scepter; very rare; SOLD


Gordian I Africanus, 18 or 22 March - 12 April 238 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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SH20384. Billon tetradrachm, Geissen 2605, Dattari 4664, Milne 3293, Emmett 3351, gF, weight 11.363 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 0o, Egypt, Alexandria mint, Mar - Apr 238 A.D.; obverse A K M AN ΓOP∆IANOC CEM AΦP EY[CEB], laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse L A ( year 1 ), Zeus seated left, holding phiale and scepter, eagle at feet left; rare; SOLD







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