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The non-gold pound coin was first issued in 1983. What many collectors don’t realise is that the Arnold Machin bust of the Queen was struck for only two years, 1983 and 1984. Thus not only was it the first issue but also the shortest and most difficult to get.
The Royal Mint issued special editions for collectors in Proof Sterling Silver in both the normal thickness and in double thickness or Piedfort. Offered here is the 1983 issue in Proof. It comes in Sterling Silver and in a protective capsule. A very short mintage and now getting rather difficult to get.
Gordian III had a rather good claim to the Imperial Throne, being closely related to no less than two previous senatorial emperors! He was the grandson of Gordian I, and the nephew of Gordian II, who declared themselves emperors in A.D. 238 from Carthage. They were in opposition to Maximinus Thrax but both were defeated by his loyal governor and
died after a joint reign of just 21 days.
The Roman Senate then appointed Balbinus and Pupienus as joint emperors; they immediately gave Gordian III the rank of Caesar to try to legitimise their own reign. Luckily for them while this was happening Maximinus was killed by his own men. But, after just a few months, both Balbinus and Pupienus were themselves murdered by the Praetorian Guard.
Gordian III was then proclaimed sole emperor and thus emerged from the turbulent events of A.D. 238 as sole ruler of the mighty Roman Empire, all at the age of thirteen!
Very little is recorded of the events of Gordian’s six-year reign, which in ancient writings is usually a sign of peace and prosperity. In A.D. 242, he led an initially successful campaign against the Persians. But in A.D. 244, he was murdered following a plot led by the Praetorian Prefect who seized the throne and reigned as Philip I.
The coins we offer here are billon silver Antoninianus showing Gordian III’s portrait on
the obverse and various reverses. The grade of the coins is About Extremely Fine and as
always with the Crisis of the Third Century, a minority will have weaker sections. As always,
the first to order will get the best
We bought a small group of 17th Century tokens in copper a while ago and we have started listing them by place of issue. Here we present the Cork Token in VG-Fine condition. The price is most reasonable given it is now over 300 years old!
In 1922 Latvia issued a 50 Santimu coin for one year only. In fact the last early Latvian coin was in 1932 and then there were no more coins until 1992. This 50 Santimu is struck in nickel is a large coin and depicts a man steering a boat with a hand held tiller.
It was only issued for that one year 1922 and the coins on offer are in Very Fine condition and they are a most wanted coins by collectors of ships and boats on coins. Yes, there is a large German club for collectors of ships on coins.