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Roman, Pupienus, April - June 238 A.D.
MARCVS CLODIVS PUPIENVS MAXIMVS was born about 164. He was a Senator in 238 when the revolt of the Gordians broke out against Maximinus I, and he was one of the Senate's "Committee of Twenty" to oversee the defense of Italy in support of the Gordians. When the Gordians were quickly killed in Africa, the Senate made Pupienus and a Senator named Balbinus co-Augusti. Pupienus was to lead the army and Balbinus was to administrate. Maximinus was soon killed by his own men at Aquileia but discontent in Rome led to the murder of Pupienus by the Praetorian Guard on July 29, 238. This portrait is from a Antonianus (ex-Forum) in my collection (see jimwho523's gallery for actual coin)
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Gunner  [Jul 11, 2004 at 09:46 AM]
Definitely a masterpiece portrait. This is the best Roman Portrait I have ever seen.
Jochen  [Jul 12, 2004 at 07:08 PM]
jdholds  [Jul 13, 2004 at 01:27 AM]
Just plain Awesome!!
Bolayi  [Jul 21, 2004 at 03:42 AM]
Lovely portrait, lovely coin
Mayadigger  [Jul 22, 2004 at 01:04 AM]
The celator was a true master craftsman, wasn't he? The portrait is a real throw-back to the High Days of Greecian Celatorship! Truly remarkable!
divvsavgvstvs  [Aug 02, 2004 at 09:12 AM]
Beautiful portrait, a masterpiece indeed.
Joe Sermarini  [Sep 20, 2004 at 11:20 AM]
One of my all time favorite coin portraits.
Pscipio  [Jun 04, 2005 at 08:04 PM]
I'm speechless! BEAUTIFUL!
Mauri.z  [Apr 27, 2006 at 04:32 PM]
gallienus1  [May 15, 2007 at 10:06 AM]
As good as the portraits of the Republic as good as the Renaissance as good as a portrait can get.
Noah  [Nov 03, 2007 at 04:11 PM]
Neck rolls, adam's apple, forehead wrinkles, and I even think I see nose hairs! This is the true definition of outstanding...
moneta romana  [Aug 10, 2008 at 06:08 PM]
Matthew C5  [Mar 30, 2015 at 04:45 PM]
Very nice! Nose hairs, I though Puienus plucked??
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