Mom's Storage Unit

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  1. pyrrhuloxia1

    pyrrhuloxia1 New Member

    My aging mother was an antique dealer and appraiser for many decades. Was cleaning out her storage unit and found this coin (among tons of other amazing things). Any idea of what it is, and what it might be worth? Thank you.


    Roman coin 1.JPG Roman coin 2.JPG Roman coin 3.JPG Was clearing out my aging mother's storage unit, and found this old coin (among a ton of other amazing stuff). Any idea what it is?
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  3. Parthicus

    Parthicus Well-Known Member

    Quick assessment- Roman Empire, a bronze coin of Gordian III (238-244 AD). Probably not worth a great deal in that condition (coins of Gordian III are common), but post on the Ancients section here and you'll get a much more detailed ID and more precise value.
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  4. pyrrhuloxia1

    pyrrhuloxia1 New Member

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  5. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    It doesn't look very big... 1.25 inches? So probably a As rather than sestertius. It has the semi-square shape to the flan and the wear and state look authentic to me (I'm not an expert).

    Here is my sestertius:
    Gordian III, Sestertius, Struck 240 AD, Rome Mint
    Obverse: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG - Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
    Reverse: AETERNITATI AVG - Sol standing, facing, head left, holding globe in left hand, right hand raised; S-C across field.
    Reference: Sear 8702; RIC 297a; Cohen 43
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  6. bcuda

    bcuda Supporter! Supporter

    It is a Sestertius of Gordian III for sure.
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  7. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    Oh, yep. Didn't know the conversion off hand, but looks like 1.25 in translates to just over 30mm.
  8. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Supporter! Supporter

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  9. pyrrhuloxia1

    pyrrhuloxia1 New Member

    Thank you. VERY HELPFUL!
  10. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    It is a sestertius. As flans of this period were made in a different manner and more likely to be rounded without the squared edges.
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  11. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    Looks like this....
    Gordianus III Pius (238-244 AD). AE Sestertius (20.65 g), Rome.
    Obv. IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust r.
    Rev. AETERNITATI AVG / S-C, Sol standing front, head l., raising r. hand and holding globe
    RIC IV, p. 48, 297a.
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