RJ1809

An 18K gold bracelet set with Roman Denarius of Gordian III & Tranquillina, ca. 3rd Century AD)

This fabulous chunky 18K gold bracelet is professionally set with three ancient Roman coins.  The central fourrée coin shows the diademed and draped bust of Tranquillina, wife of Gordian III; she is flanked by two portrait coins of her husband, the Roman Emperor Gordian III.  To the left, we see the laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG around. Rev: Diana standing right, holding a flaming torch with both hands, DIANA LVCIFERA around. To the right is again the laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG around. Rev: Gordian on a horse facing left, holding a spear in the left hand and waving with the right.

Furia Sabinia Tranquillina (c. 225 – aft. 244) was the Empress of Rome and wife of Emperor Gordian III. She was the young daughter of the Praetorian Prefect Gaius Furius Sabinius Aquila Timesitheus, the man who was appointed the head of the Praetorian Guard by the Roman Emperor Gordian III in 241. In May that year, Tranquillina had married Gordian. She became a Roman Empress and received the honorific title of Augusta. Her marriage to Gordian was an acknowledgment by the young emperor of Tranquillina’s suitability as an empress as well as Timesitheus' political indispensability. Celebrations were probably brief for Gordian, Timesitheus and Tranquillina soon marched east at the head of an army to answer the invasion of Roman Syria by the Persian king Shapur. Under the guidance of Timesitheus the Persians were contained and the lands they had pillaged restored. Had this able captain not fallen ill and died in the winter of 243, Gordian would have fared very well in the Imperial order. However, the gap in military leadership was filled by the elevation of Philip the Arab, deputy to Timesitheus, who had ambitions that did not leave room for an Imperial regent on the throne. In February of 244 Gordian III, and Tranquillina, met their ends.

Dimensions: Length: 7 inches (17.78 cm), Weight: 56.2 g

Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.

Provenance: Ex. private collection of S.H., Washington state acquired in the 1990's.

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