GORDIAN III with TRANQUILLINA
AE27. 12.33g, 27.5mm
MINTED: MOESIA INFERIOR, Tomis, circa AD 238-244
REF: Varbanov 5717 (var. no Δ on reverse); RPC VII.2, unassigned ID 28050/11 (this coin)
OBVERSE: ΑΥΤ Κ Μ ΑΝΤ ΓΟΡΔΙΑΝΟC ΑΥΓ CΕ ΤΡΑΝΚΥΛΛΕΙΝΑ, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian right, facing diademed and draped bust of Tranquillina left.
REVERSE: MHTPO ΠONTOY TOMEΩC, Fourfold coiled serpent, with head right.
Dark green patina. Light cleaning scratches.
These types with the confronted busts of Gordian III and his wife Tranquillina are seen by some scholars as being special issues commemorating their marriage.
Ex Roma E-sale 22 (28 Nov 2015), lot 403
This coin listed and pictured in the Roman Provincial Coinage (RPC) Online database:
Tomis (present day Constanta) is the oldest continuously inhabited city in what is now the country of Romania. According to one tradition, the city was founded around 600 BC by Tomyris, the fierce queen of the Massagetae tribe who defeated the Persian king Cyrus the Great and ordered that his corpse be decapitated and his head dipped in a vat of blood. During the early Roman Imperial period, Tomis was located in the far flung eastern reaches of the empire's province of Moesia Inferior. It was to Tomis that Emperor Augustus banished the poet Ovid in AD 8.
GORDIAN III with TRANQUILLINA . MOESIA INFERIOR, Tomis . AE27 . *RPC listed*
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