Roman Gordian III and Tranquillina Ae32 Coin Pendant with Silver Frame


A Roman Ae32 coin minted for Gordian III and Tranquillina in Singara, Mesopotamia, set in a modern silver frame, with a loop attached at the top for suspension. The front of the pendant features the coin’s obverse, which depicts the confronted busts of Gordian III, laureate, draped and cuirassed on the left, and Tranquillina, draped and wearing stephane on the right. The original Greek legend reading AVTOK K M A[NT] ΓOPΔIANON CAB TPANKVΛΛINA CЄB is still visible around the edges of the coin. The reverse shows the image of Tyche, turreted, seated on rocks, facing left and holding a branch. Above her head is a centaur (Sagittarius) leaping left and shooting a bow. To low left, there is a half-length figure of river-god swimming left. The legend reads AVΡ [CEΠ KOΛ] CINΓAPA, now slightly faded with age.

Please note the chain is for reference only, we do have chains available upon enquiry.

Date: AD 241-244
Condition: Very fine condition. Slight patination to the surface.

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Gordian III was a Roman emperor who ruled from AD 238 to 244. He was the youngest sole Roman emperor at the age of 13. Throughout his rule, coins were used to establish Gordian III’s legitimacy and fitness to rule. Due to his young age, Gordian III had little military experience with no real position and therefore, deities such as Virtus were a common figure presented on his coin. Gordian III spent most of his reign fighting on the frontier while his father-in-law exercised the authority of the emperor on his behalf. Furia Sabinia Tranquillina (c. AD 225 – aft. 244) was married to Emperor Gordian III. This may have been a politically strategic move to secure ties between the emperor and her father, Timesitheus, who became head of the Praetorian Guard in the same year as the wedding. Gordian III was a popular young emperor, but his glory (and that of Tranquillina) was short-lived, as he died at the tender age of nineteen in battle.

Singara of souuth-east Nisibis, was a strongly fortified post at the northern extremity of Mesopotamia, which for a while, as it appears from coins minted there, was occupied by the Romans as an advanced colony against the Persians. It was the camp of Parthica I legio.

Weight 28.68 g
Dimensions L 4 x W 3.4 cm



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Reference: For a similar coin,The British Museum, item G.2933.

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