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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 2065. Estimate $400. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $625. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

GORDIAN III. 238-244 AD. AR Antoninianus (3.99 gm). Viminacium(?) mint. IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / PAX A-VGVSTI, Pax standing left, holding wreath and transverse sceptre. RIC IV -; RSC -. Not listed in the major references. VF. ($400)

From the George His Collection of coins of Gordian III, with his ticket. Ex Münzhandlung Schulten Auction (11 April 1988), lot 771.

Dr. Bland has noted regarding this coin: "Instead of the branch of peace, Pax holds here the laurel-branch of victory. This theme reminds [one] of the 'Antiochene' type, RIC IV 189a, but this coin has a style of its own and especially the obverse is surprisingly well executed. Possibly a sort of trial coin of the 'Antiochene' mint (meaning his 'anciliary mint, Viminacium')."