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Philip I

Marcus Julius Philippus
Augustus (AD 244-249)  |  De Imperatoribus Romanis entry

Philip I, the Arab, did hail from Arabia and was Praetorian Prefect under his young Emperor Gordian III. Philip cleverly turned the mood of the troops against their emperor who was killed and Philip proclaimed in his place (AD 244). Philip quickly abandoned the war against Persia, seeking terms, and hurried back to Rome to consolidate his power. In Rome he stayed whilst appointing other men to deal with problems on the borders. He conferred the title of first Caesar, then Augustus on his young son, also called Philip, but he was never to succeed him. In AD 249 one of the commanders appointed by Philip, Decius, was hailed Emperor by the troops on the Danube, and in the ensuing war Philip lost. Both he and his son were executed and Decius became sole Emperor


Obverse Legends on coins depicting Philip I

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Coins of Philip I currently available

Philip I, Moesia, Viminancium
Bronze AE27 issued AD 247/248.
Obv: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Laureate draped bust right.
Rev: PMS COL VIM, Moesia standing between bull and lion (AN VIIII in ex.).
Good Fine   |   AUD $50.00
Philip I
Silver antoninianus issued AD 245-247.
Obv: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Radiate, draped bust facing right.
Rev: AEQVITAS AVGG, Aequitas standing holding scales and cornucopiae.
Nice Very Fine   |   AUD $90.00
Philip I, Viminacium
Bronze AE29 issued AD 245.
Obv: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Laureate, draped bust facing right.
Rev: PMS COL VIM, Moesia standing between bull and lion (AN VI in ex.).
Fine-Very Fine   |   AUD $110.00
Philip I, Egypt, Alexandria
Billon tetradrachm issued AD 246/247.
Obv: A K M IOV ΦIΛIΠΠOC EV C, Laureate draped bust right.
Rev: Alexandria standing holding head of Serapis and sceptre, LΔ across field.
About Very Fine   |   AUD $110.00
Philip I
Silver antoninianus issued AD 248.
Obv: IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, Radiate, draped bust facing right.
Rev: SAECVLVM NOVVM, Hexastyle temple containing seated statue of Roma.
Good Very Fine   |   AUD $250.00