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I go to sleep watching TV sometimes. I've made a few knives but am not a bladesmith by a long shot. I am pretty good at making handles though.

Anyway, they were making Gladiator weapons. To choose the weapon they flipped a coin.


I hit "Record" long enough to capture a few minutes when I saw the coin.

Now I am going to try and identify it but you guys and gals are probably going to beat me to it.

Looks pretty big.



The reverse




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The closest thing I have in my own numophylacium is this Gordy:

Gordian III, AD 238-244.
Roman orichalcum sestertius, 22.88 g, 30.7 mm, 1 h.
Rome, 6th officina. 13th emission, January-February AD 244.
Obv: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust, right.
Rev: MARS PROPVGNAT SC, Mars advancing right, holding transverse spear in right hand and shield on left arm.
Refs: RIC 332a; Cohen 157; RCV 8718; Hunter 148; Banti 52.
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The reverse resembles a Gordian I have in my pile

Gordian III Antoninianus
GORDIAN III AR silver antoninianus. IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right. Reverse - P M TR P VI COS II PP, Gordian standing right with globe & spear. RSC 276. 22mm, 5.3g. 242-243 AD.

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