Gordian III, discovery new variant on RIC 81
This article will be very short. It's just about presenting what I discovered. You can read more about an article I made a few months ago, about the same type of variant on a coin of Licinius I. Link to this article: https://www.all-your-coins.com/en/blog/antique/romaines/licinius-i-decouverte-nouvelle-variante-du-ric-825.
It is once again, a variant of spear or scepter that I present to you. Just like for many coins, the RIC often gives us a description of the emperor holding a spear while it is a scepter or both variants exist (see related article just above and my work on Vetranio, variant spear for HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS: https://www.all-your-coins.com/en/emperors/romaines-imperiales/vetranion#maiorina). Most of the coins I have seen have a scepter, but others have a spear. This detail is small, but yet you can see in both photos, that we still see a difference. Illustration of the two variants on the RIC 81:
Of course, again, it's a variant but it's a fantasy of the engravor and not a desire to dissociate two issues by changing the type.