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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Crisis and Decline| > |Gordian II| > SH05253
Gordian II Africanus, c. 18 or 22 March - c. 12 April 238 A.D.
Virtus was a specific virtue in ancient Rome. It carried connotations of valor, manliness, excellence, courage, character, and worth, perceived as masculine strengths (from Latin vir, "man"). It was thus a frequently stated virtue of Roman emperors and was personified as the deity Virtus.
SH05253. Silver denarius, RIC IV-1 3; RSC III 14; BMCRE VI 30, EF, some mint luster, very light scratches, Rome mint, weight 2.61g, maximum diameter 20.1mm, die axis 180o, 238 A.D.; obverse IMP M ANT GORDIANVS AFR AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS AVGG (valor of the two emperors), Virtus standing left, right hand on shield, holding reversed spear; rare; SOLD










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Roman Coins of Gordian II