PHILIP I THE ARAB
AR Antoninianus. 3.75g, 21.7mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 244-247
REF: RIC IV 48
OBVERSE: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: SECVRIT ORBIS, Securitas seated left, holding sceptre in right hand and propping head up on left hand.
Ex Phil Peck Collection
Good Very Fine/Very Fine. Well-centered.
Securitas was the Roman personification of security and stability. Here with the legends SECVRIT ORBIS, Philip I, having bought peace with the Persians, and preparing for the 1000th anniversary of the founding of the city of Rome, declares that he has brought security to the world.
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 . *Ex Phil Peck Collection*
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