Tranquillina, Augusta, 241-244. Denarius (Silver, 20 mm, 3.00 g, 2 h), Rome, mid 243. SABINA TRANQVILLINA AVG Draped bust of Tranquillina to right, wearing stephane. Rev. CONCORDIA AVGG Concordia seated left, holding patera in her right hand and double cornucopiae in her left. Cohen -. RIC 252. Extremely rare and in exceptional condition for the issue. A wonderful, lightly toned and lustrous coin with a charming portrait of great beauty and undoubtedly among the finest known. Very minor flan flaw on the edge, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Ex The New York Sale XXXIV, 6 January 2015, 649, from the Barry Feinstein Collection, Numismatica Ars Classica 39, 16 May 2007, 153 and previously acquired from Harlan J. Berk.
Tranquillina was the daughter of Gaius Julius Timesitheus, an eques who had a sucessful career under the Severans and Maximinus before he finally became the Praetorian Prefect of the juvenile Gordian III in 241. As the de facto-ruler of the empire, he had his daughter married to the emperor and acted as the protector of the imperial couple. Timesitheus appears to have been an effective administrator and general, but he eventually died under suspicious circumstances after defeating a Sasanian army in 243. His successor was Marcus Julius Philippus, who assumed the throne few months later after Gordian III had also conveniently died afield. Whatever the role of Philip in these suspicious events, Tranquillina herself consequently disappeared from all sources without a trace.