Medallion with bust of Gordian III

Imperial Period
about A.D. 238–240

Mint: Rome

Catalogue Raisonné

Roman Medallions (MFA, 1962, 1975), no. 056.


Diameter: 38.5 mm. Weight: 53.22 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bronze (bimetallic)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III to right.
Reverse: Gordian III standing left on platform with prefect behind him, lecturing to four soldiers with standards and spears.


By date unknown: Giorgio Giorgi Collection; by 1955: with Mario Ratto, Via Manzoni 23, Milan, Italy (Ratto auction of the Giorgio Giorgi Collection, January 26-29, 1955, lot 1003); by date unknown: G. Mazzini Collection (Monete Imperiali Romane, vol. 3, p. 275, no. 11); by 1958: with Leu & Co.'s Bank Ltd, 32 Rue de la Gare, Zurich, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Leu & Co's Bank, Ltd., January 8, 1959, for $ 967.50 ( this is the total price for 59.2-59.4)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour