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Item:332380836011ANCIENT ROMAN EMPIRE (IMPERIUM ROMANUM) (27 BC - 476 AD) REIGN OF GORDIAN III (225-244 AD) SILVER DOUBLE-DENARIUS CERTIFIED BY NGC CHOICE VERY FINE OBVERSE: RADIATE, DRAPED AND CUIRASSED BUST RIGHT. REVERSE: EMPEROR WITH SPEAR AND GLOBE. STRIKE: 4/5 SURFACE: 4/5 MARCUS ANTONIUS GORDIANUS PIUS AUGUSTUS (b. 225, d. 244) BECAME THE YOUNGEST SOLE RULER OF THE UNITED ROMAN EMPIRE AT THE AGE OF 13. HIS MOTHER, ANTONIA GORDIANA, WAS THE DAUGHTER OF GORDIAN I AND SISTER OF GORDIAN II. BOTH GRANDFATHER AND UNCLE WERE JOINTLY PROCLAIMED EMPEROR IN THE PROVINCE OF AFRICA IN REBELLION TO THE OPPRESSIVE RULE OF EMPEROR MAXIMINUS THRAX, WHO HAD COME TO POWER AFTER THE MURDER OF EMPEROR ALEXANDER SEVERUS. BOTH GORDIAN I AND II WERE SLAIN IN THE UPRISING. MAXIMINUS DID NOT HAVE THE BACKING OF THE SENATE, AND THE SENATE ELECTED TWO OTHER MEN, PUPIENUS AND BALBINUS AS CO-EMPERORS, AS MAXIMINUS MARCHED ON ROME WITH HIS ARMY. THESE TWO MEN WERE UNPOPULAR WITH THE PEOPLE, AND ALTHOUGH THEY DEFEATED MAXIMINUS, THEY IN TURN WERE ASSASSINATED BY THE PRAETORIAN GUARD. THEIR SHORT REIGN HAD BEEN MARRED BY POPULAR RIOTS, A GREAT FIRE IN THE CITY OF ROME, AND DISCONTENT IN THE RANKS OF THE LEGIONS. GORDIAN III, OWING TO THE POPULARITY OF HIS GRANDFATHER AND THE SHOCKING DEATHS OF GORDIAN I AND II, HAD RAISED THE BOY TO THE RANK OF CAESAR, OR HEIR DESIGNATE. AFTER THE DEATHS OF PUPIENUS AND BALBINUS, HE WAS LEFT AS SOLE RULER OF THE EMPIRE. GORDIAN WAS MARRIED TO THE DAUGHTER OF THE PRAETORIAN PREFECT TIMESITHEUS, WHO RULED IN THE EMPEROR'S NAME DUE TO HIS YOUNG AGE. IN THE EAST, THE PERSIANS ATTACKED THE PROVINCE OF MESOPOTAMIA, AND GORDIAN III THREW OPEN THE DOORS OF THE TEMPLE OF JANUS AND TRAVELLED WITH A LARGE ARMY THAT IN 243 AD PUSHED THE SASSANID INVADERS BACK TO WHENCE THEY CAME. HE WAS PLANNING A COUNTER-INVASION WHEN HIS FATHER-IN-LAW DIED OF UNCLEAR CIRCUMSTANCES. SO FAR FROM ROME, THE EMPEROR'S SECURITY WAS AT RISK, AS WAS THE FATE OF THE CAMPAIGN. MARCUS JULIUS PHILLIPUS BECAME THE NEW PRAETORIAN PREFECT, AND THE CAMPAIGN CONTINUED. IN 244 AD THERE WAS A PERSIAN COUNTER-ATTACK, BUT ROMAN SOURCES ARE SCANT. THE FACTS ABOUT THE YOUNG EMPEROR'S DEATH AT THE AGE OF 19 ARE UNCLEAR, AND IT IS POSSIBLE THAT GORDIAN DIED IN BATTLE UPSTREAM OF THE EUPHRATES. SOME REPORTS, HOWEVER, CLAIMED THAT PHILIP I "THE ARAB" HAD HIM MURDERED AT ZAITHA (DURO-EUROPOS). GORDIAN III WAS REMEMBERED WITH ESTEEM BY THE ROMAN PEOPLE, AND DESPITE PHILIP'S OBJECTIONS, THE SENATE DEIFIED THE FALLEN YOUNG EMPEROR AT THE BEHEST OF THE POPULUS. CONTAINS 4.97 GRAMS OF SILVER 22 MM IN DIAMETER You can arrange pickup from our Fort Lauderdale storefront locationOur business hours are Monday - Friday 10:00am-5:00pm ESTPlease ask any/all questions with concerns before bidding / making a purchase.Florida Sales Tax applicable to invoice totals under $500 of non legal tender USA coins and currency. All other states please contact eBay to find out about any possible taxes that may be charged prior to purchasing.INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING & DELIVERYDue to increase in postage rates and large losses to our company when shipping first class packages we are now strictly shipping via Priority mail as it is more secure and traceable all the way to your door.Import taxes and duties are NOT included in the item price or shipping charges. We cannot declare any package as a "gift", ”sample”etc.We now ship solely via USPS Priority Mail International or Fedex International foryour additional tracking and security and ensure delivery to customs.Delivery times could get delayed to as much as 4 weeks depending on customs conditions.It is the buyer's responsibility to check with your country's customs office todetermine what these additional costs (if any) will be prior to bidding or buying. These charges are normally collected by the delivering freight (shipping) company or when you pick the item up from customs. They are not additional shipping charges by RareCoinCollector. eBay will calculate and add the applicable sales tax at checkout. The buyer will pay both the cost of the item along with the sales tax. eBay will collect and remit the tax.Sellers are not able to opt out of selling items into the states listed above or opt out of eBay automatically collecting sales tax.Based on applicable tax laws, eBay will calculate, collect, and remit sales tax on behalf of sellers for items shipped to customers in the following states:Certification:NGC, Certification Number:4280761-005, Composition:Silver
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238 - 244 Ad Silver Roman Double Denarius Gordian Iii Coin Ngc Choice Very Fine