PHILIP THE ARAB
AR Antoninianus. 3.97g, 22.6mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 248. Ludi Saeculares (Secular Games) issue, commemorating the 1000th anniversary of Rome.
REF: RIC IV 12; RSC 173
OBVERSE: IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: SAECVLARES AVGG, Lion right; I in exergue.
Almost Extremely Fine. Well-centered, and with an excellent portrait.
A very desirable issue from the series struck in conjunction with the celebration and games held on the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Rome in AD 248.
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, this 'foreign' emperor presided over the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of Rome's founding in 248.
PHILIP THE ARAB . AD 244-249 . Antoninianus . Lion . 1000th Anniversary of Rome
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