PHILIP I THE ARAB
AR Antoninianus. 4.44g, 22.3mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 244-247
REF: RIC 28c; Cohen 25
OBVERSE: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: ANNONA AVGG, Annona standing left, holding grain ears over modius in her right hand and cornucopiae with her left.
Good Very Fine/Almost Very Fine. Nice old collection toning. A few deposits on reverse.
Annona was the Roman goddess of the all important grain supply.
From an old Swiss collection, purchased in the 1960s or 1970s from Numiphil Basel (with their original ticket)
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 . AR Antoninianus . Annona . *Pedigreed*
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