Ancient Roman Empire - Circa 238-244 AD - Antoninianus, Gordian III

Denomination: Silver Denarius

Date: 238-244 AD

Weight: 6.11 gm

Description:  Obverse: Emperor facing right. Reverse: Emperor on horseback.

History: Gordian III (Latin: Marcus Antonius Gordianus (20 January 225 – 11 February 244 AD) was Roman emperor from AD 238 to AD 244. At the age of 13, he became the youngest sole Roman emperor. Gordian was the son of Antonia Gordiana and Junius Balbus, who died before 238. Antonia Gordiana was the daughter of Emperor Gordian I and younger sister of Emperor Gordian II. Very little is known of his early life before his acclamation. Gordian had assumed the name of his maternal grandfather in 238 AD.