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Sale: Nomos 2, Lot: 207. Estimate CHF200. 
Closing Date: Monday, 17 May 2010. 
Sold For CHF275. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Gordian III. AD 238-244. Antoninianus (Silver, 4.82 g 12), Rome, end July 238 - July 239. IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian III to right. Rev. VIRTVS AVG Virtus standing left, resting right hand on shield and holding spear with his left. Cohen 381. RIC 6. A remarkably fine piece, with a superb, youthful portrait struck in high relief. Good extremely fine.

Antoniniani of Gordian III are easy to find in good condition, but very rarely are they so well struck. The portrait on the obverse is a small masterpiece of die engraving.