PHILIP I THE ARAB
AE Sestertius. 21.07g, 30.5mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 245
REF: RIC 148
OBVERSE: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: P M TR P II COS P P, Philip the Arab, seated left, on curule chair, holding globe in right hand and short sceptre in left hand; S-C in fields.
Almost Fine. Dark brown patina with greenish fields. Some light scratches.
Philip I is commonly known as 'the Arab' for being born to the family of a nobleman in the province of Arabia Petraea. He was appointed Praetorian Prefect in 243, and when the young emperor Gordian III was killed the following year while on campaign against the Persians, Philip went on to claim the throne. A number of sources implicate Philip in the death of Gordian. Ironically, it was this 'foreign' emperor who presided over the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of Rome's founding in 248.
PHILIP THE ARAB . AD 244-249 . AE Sestertius . Large, heavy 20g budget bronze
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