My First Sestertius!!! Gordian III Vimanacium

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  1. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Hello all!

    I just got my very first sestertius, ever! I've wanted one of these chunky coins for quite a while, but prices just weren't within my poor-mans budget.

    However, I did manage to win this auction for just about $13, which I think is a deal-and-a-half for any sestertius, especially a thicc 34mm x 18.1g example.

    Gordian III is known to be, at age 13, the youngest Sole Emperor in Rome's history. Most of his statues and coins show an obviously young kid, such as the below:

    Some of his coins show a rather more mature-looking individual, who looks less like a kid and more like a late teen.
    Thus is the coin I now am happy to own, an issue from Viminacium! IMG_E6224.JPG
    Rev: PMS C-OL VIM
    Diam: 34mm
    Weight: 18.1g
    Ref: AMNG 82, Martin 1'29'1
    (I have no idea what any of the above means, that's just what Wildwinds shows)

    Please show off your big boys!
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  3. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Fun! AMNG is a reference titled Die Antiken Münzen Nord-Griechenlands. It comes in four volumes. Volume I, part 1 is by Behrendt Pick and has coins from Viminacium.

    I have a Gordian from Viminacium too, but with a radiate crown and on a smaller module:

    Gordian III, AD 238-244.
    Roman provincial Æ 21.6 mm, 7.85 g, 1h.
    Moesia Superior, Viminacium, AD 242/3.
    Obv: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
    Rev: P M S C-OL VIM, Moesia standing facing, head left, extending hands to bull and lion standing at her feet on either side, AN IIII (year 4 = AD 242/3) in exergue.
    Refs: H&J, Viminacium, 15; AMNG I 84; Varbanov 119; BMC --.
  4. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Supporter! Supporter

    Very nice! Nothing like holding a big ol' sestertius in hand.

    Here are a few of mine (the Nerva shown is a dupondius.. the rest sestertii) ..

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  5. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Nice one! I didn't realize that they were actually dated so specifically. Neat!
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  6. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    While I can't really agree with calling the Provincials sestertii, the Viminacium AE of Gordian and Philip can be nice large coins. After that, the shrank fast. Real Rome mint sestertii of Gordian are not hard to find.
    However you really want of of Vespasian who is cheapest of the really good sized ones.
  7. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Oh, well, heck, I guess my search for a "real" sesterce is still active!
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  8. singig

    singig Well-Known Member

    Congrats @hotwheelsearl ! I have a large one like yours , I will posted tomorrow.
    Gordian III and Phillip I coins from this series are generally well made(in size and even style) , compared to other emperors after Decius to Gallienus.
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  9. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Yay, I look forward to seeing yours!
  10. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    I really like these Viminacium coins, especially the chunky feeling of the big ones in hand. Congrats on getting a nice big one, @hotwheelsearl!

    Gordian III, Ruled 238-244 AD
    AE Sestertius, Moesia, Viminacium
    Struck 242/243 AD (RY 4)

    Obverse: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
    Reverse: PMS C-OL VIM, Moesia standing facing, head left, extending hands to bull and lion standing at feet on either side, AN IIII in exergue (RY 4 = 242/243 AD).
    References: SNG Cop 144, Moushmov 33
    Size: 30mm, 14.5g

    Gordian III, Ruled 238-244 AD
    AE32 Sestertius, Moesia, Viminacium
    Struck 241/242 AD (RY 3)

    Obverse: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
    Reverse: PMS C-OL VIM, Moesia standing facing, head left, extending hands to bull and lion standing at feet on either side, AN III in exergue (RY 3 = 241/242 AD).
    References: SNG Cop 142, BMC 9
    Size: 32mm, 18.9g

    It's cool that there are many other emperors of the era with these coins.
    Philip the Arab, Ruled 244-249 AD
    AE28 Sestertius, Moesia, Viminacium
    Struck 248/249 AD (RY 5)

    Obverse: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate head right.
    Reverse: PMS C-OL VIM, Moesia standing with head to the left holding her right hand over a bull and her left hand over a lion, AN V in exergue (RY 5 = 248/249 AD).
    References: Varbanov 132, Mouchmov 36
    Size: 28mm, 16.74g

    Trajan Decius, Ruled 249-251 AD
    AE Sestertius, Moesia, Viminacium
    Struck 249/250 AD (RY 11)

    Obverse: IMP TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, laureate, draped bust right.
    Reverse: PMS C-OL VIM, Moesia standing with head to the left holding her right hand over a bull and her left hand over a lion, AN XI below (RY 11 = 249/250 AD).
    Reference: Cohen 139
    Size: 29mm, 15.5g
  11. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Great examples, @Justin Lee ! Previously I only had a rough AE20 of Gordy with that reverse; I’m happy to supplant that one with this new pickup :D
  12. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    I'd love to see that AE20 Vim GIII! That Roman colony issued sestertius sized coinage, medium sized dupondius-style coinage with radiate (like RCs above) and a smaller, more denarius laureated AE coin as well (that is the type I'm mildly seeking). Just last week one did very well on Ebay. I wonder if it was anyone on here?
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  14. jamesicus

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    A Julio-Claudian sestertius:

    Nero - kinda beat-up, but a bold portrait.

    NERO, SESTERTIUS, BMCRE Vol. I, Rome, No. 114
    NERO, SESTERTIUS, RIC Vol. I, Rome, No. 356
    (66-67AD, 36mm, 26.8gm)

    Obverse depiction: Nero, laureate head facing right

    Reverse depiction: Personification of Roma seated left on cuirass
    resting elbow on shield and holding spear, helmet behind
    Inscription: ROMA (in exergue) S C (left and right)
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  15. PeteB

    PeteB Well-Known Member

    Herennia Etruscilla. Augusta, 249-251 AD. MOESIA SUPERIOR, Viminacium. Æ (28mm, 13.48 gm, 1h). Dated year 12 (250/1 AD). Obv: Diademed and draped bust right. Rev: Moesia standing left between bull and lion; AN XII (date) in exergue. Varbanov 179 (R5); Boric-Brescovic 1228; Mouchmov 48.
  16. Al Kowsky

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    I scored my 1st sestertius of Gordian III this year :D. It's nothing special, but for $99.00 I couldn't resist :smug:. As Doug Smith states, there are plenty out there to choose from, & the portraits on his sestertii are of high quality ;).

    Gordian III, RIC IV.III 269a.jpg
    Gordian III, AD 238-244 (struck AD 239), Rome Mint. AE 20.63 gm, 31 mm, 11 h. Reverse: LIBERALITAS AVG II S C. RIC VI.III 269a.
  17. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ..kool earl! :) Herennius Etruscus hails from Mosia Sup. V. ..(here he is posing with Perseus:cool:) perseus herinnius coins 002.JPG perseus herinnius coins 003.JPG
  18. Aurelianus

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    Something cool about your coin is the symbolism on the reverse with the personification of Moesia standing between the lion and bull. These two animals represent Legions VII and IV stationed in the province to protect this frontier. Viminacium was no cowtown; it was a major military camp and city in an area where the Romans campaigned for centuries against the Dacians, Goths, Sarmatians, Huns...

    Great coin!
  19. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    I was literally wondering that exact thing but didn’t want to ask for fear of sounding dumb! Haha

    It’s definitely a cool reverse and I’m glad I have it in such a large form factor
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  20. Aurelianus

    Aurelianus Member

    That's a vibe on CT we need to stop... No dumb questions! Tons of varieties and corners of the market I know nothing about haha
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  21. singig

    singig Well-Known Member

    AE31 , 17.1 gr
    Gordian III, Viminacium, Moesia, AMNG 71
    IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right /
    PMS CO-L VIM, Moesia standing facing, head left, arms outstretched over a lion and a bull. Date AN dot I dot below.
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