I'd like to share my most recent addition with you all. Gordian III AR Antoniniaus, 4.29g Obv: IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right Rev: FIDES MILITVM; Fides standing left, holding standard and scepter. Mint: Rome, 238-239 CE References: RIC IV 1, RSC 86 This antoninianus of Gordian III is from the first emission struck under his rule at the Rome mint, and is dated between late July 238 and late July 239. RIC states that the early period of Gordian’s coinage is distinguished by '...the years of tutelage under his mother and her favorites [and] is marked by a cautious and tentative promise of good government'. The reverse shows Fides, the Roman goddess of loyalty and trustworthiness, who has been depicted variously on Roman coinage. In this example, Fides is seen carrying a military standard and sceptre, with the reverse acknowledging the loyal troops ('Fides Militum'). Bill Welch’s site notes, ‘A coin like this sent three different messages at the same time. The populace were reassured that they were well defended. Enemies of Rome were reminded that Rome would not be an easy target. And the army were reminded of the solemn oaths they had taken when they joined up’. The common coin types of Gordian III are plentiful and often inexpensive. In this instance, I was drawn to the details of the portrait, and am pleased to add it to my small and modest collection. Oh, and I’d like to mention that this isn’t my first post on CT. I started topics once or twice in the past under a different username (DanielR6). Apologies for any confusion, this was a couple of years ago and I no longer access my old email account linked to that login, so it seemed simpler to start afresh. Please share your coins of Gordian III, Fides, or anything you feel is relevant.