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This is an ancient Roman Æ orichalcum Sestertius, of Emperor Gordian III, minted in Rome between 241 - 243 AD
Obverse: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, "Emperor Gordianus, Pious and Happy August" laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: IOVI STATORI, Jupiter standing front, head right, holding long scepter and thunderbolt; S-C across fields. The reverse inscription relates to Jove (Jupiter) who upholds (preserves).
A wonderful coin with a great patina and pleasant portrait.
MATERIAL: Æ orichalcum
DATE: 238 - 244 AD (minted in Rome between 241 - 243 AD)
SIZE: 30mm diameter
WEIGHT: 15.23 grams
ATTRIBUTION: RIC 298a; Sear 8710
PROVENANCE: Private collection. Lisboa, Portugal