PHILIP II, as Caesar
AR Antoninianus. 3.76g, 23.1mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 244-246
REF: RIC IV 218d
OBVERSE: M IVL PHILIPPVS CAES, radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: PRINCIPI IVVENT, Philip II, in military attire, standing right, holding globe in right hand and spear in left hand.
Very Fine. Medium gray toning.
The PRINCIPI IVVENT (Prince of Youth) reverse was commonly used for young Caesars.
Philip II was just approaching adolescence when he was made co-emperor of the Roman Empire by his father, Philip the Arab. When the elder Philip was defeated in battle and killed near Verona in September 249 by his eventual successor, Trajan Decius, Philip II was soon thereafter murdered in Rome by the Praetorian Guard. He was twelve years old at the time.
PHILIP II, as Caesar . AD 244-246 . Antoninianus . "PRINCIPI IVVENT"
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