After the deaths of the joint emperors Gordian I and Gordian II in 238, the Roman Senate insisted on making the 13-year-old Gordian (grandson of Gordian I and nephew of Gordian II) caesar and heir to the throne. Gordian III, the youngest emperor of the united Roman Empire, is depicted wearing a laurel wreath - a mark of honor - with the motto, "IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG", which loosely translates to "Emperor Gordian, Dutiful Augustus" encircling his bust.

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  • Title: Coin, Denarius
  • Creator: unknown, Roman
  • Date Created: 238-244
  • Location Created: Roman Empire
  • Physical Dimensions: ⅗" x 7/8"
  • Provenance: Gift of Ron D'Argenio
  • Subject Keywords: coin, Roman, denarius, silver
  • Type: Coin
  • Medium: Silver, Metal
  • Collection: The D'Argenio Collection
  • Accession #: 2015.16.0152