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Philip I

Marcus Julius Philippus

Augustus (AD 244-249)

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

Coin image Philip I
Silver antoninianus issued AD 245
Obv: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Radiate, draped bust facing right
Rev: LIBERALITAS AVGG II, Liberalitas standing holding abacus and cornucopiae
Good Very Fine   |   AUD $135.00
Coin image Philip I, Viminacium
Bronze AE29 issued AD 245
Obv: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Laureate, draped bust facing right
Rev: PMS COL VIM, (AN VI in ex.), Moesia standing between bull and lion
Fine-Very Fine   |   AUD $110.00
Coin image Philip I, Pisidia, Antioch
Bronze AE26 issued AD 244-249
Obv: IMP M IVL PHILLIPVS PF AV, Radiate, draped bust facing right
Rev: ANTIOCHI COLON, Vexillum between two standards
Very Fine   |   AUD $80.00
Coin image Philip I, Syria, Antioch
Bronze AE28 issued AD 249
Obv: [AVTOK K MA IOVA ΦI]ΛIΠΠOC CEB, Laureate draped bust facing right
Rev: ANTIOXEΩN MHTPO KOΛΩ, Veiled and turreted bust of City Goddess right, ΔE, SC across
Good Fine   |   AUD $50.00