IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG (Imperator Caesar Marcus Antonius Gordianus Augustus). The reverse inscription reads: CAES ANTIOCH COL SR (Caesarea Antioch Colonia Senatus Romanus), and pictures Romulus and Remus, the twin brothers, being suckled by the she-wolf, the very symbol of Rome itself. Antioch of Pisidia made a whole series of these hefty bronze coins of similar dimensions with different scenes on the reverse. I don't avidly collect provincial bronze coins but this one had a charm and naivety that drew me to it. The portrait barely resembles Gordian III, and looks more like a five year old boy with an impish smile. Notice how the ear is placed abnormally low on the head. This is the work of journeyman celator, not an experienced engraver. This celator obviously had a hard time spacing the lettering on the obverse of the coin too. Notice how the V in AVG is smaller than the other lettering and makes contact with the emperor's chest. The G in AVG is a micro letter under the emperor's shoulder, and appears to be engraved instead of stamped. The reverse looks better than the obverse with well spaced lettering, however, the celator forgot the fig tree that is usually seen to the left of the she-wolf. The fig tree was added to later issues of this coin type. Below the photos of my coin are other examples of this coin series from the Antioch Mint. This example shows a better portrait of Gordian III, but the celator still has a problem with the lettering. Notice the fig tree was added to the reverse on this example. Photo courtesy of Roma Numismatics. This example shows the emperor on the reverse togate, sacrificing over a lighted altar, before three military standards. Photo courtesy of Helios GmbH. This is a very rare coin. The portrait is very good and the obverse lettering is spaced without a problem. The reverse is exceptional. The emperor is standing in a quadriga, holding a long scepter with an eagle tip, and Nike is behind him crowing him with laurels, while three soldiers stand in the background. There is an unfortunate die break starting at the third soldier's head and extending to the tip of the scepter. Photo courtesy of CNG.