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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 2060. Estimate $750. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

GORDIAN III, as Caesar. 238 AD. AR Denarius (2.72 gm). M ANT GORDIANVS CAES, bare-headed and draped bust right, seen from behind / PIETAS AVGG, augur's wand, sacrificial knife, sacrificial jug, simpulum and sprinkler. RIC IV 1; BMCRE 62 (Balbinus and Pupienus); RSC 182. Choice EF, faint scratch on cheek. ($750)

In response to popular pressure shortly after their own elevation to imperial status, the emperors Balbinus and Pupienus adopted Gordian as Caesar. This scarce coin was part of a limited and formal coinage produced for Gordian.