PHILIP I THE ARAB
AR Antoninianus. 4.3g, 21.3mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 247-249
REF: RIC 65; RSC 171
OBVERSE: IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
REVERSE: ROMAE AETERNAE, Roma seated left, holding Victory and spear, shield below her.
Ex Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Coins Part II, with his round handwritten tag.
Good Very Fine. Wonderful portrait, sharply struck with delicate mint luster. An excellent specimen with an excellent pedigree.
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 . Antoninianus . ROMAE AETERNAE . Ex Kelly Coll.
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