Home Ancient Roman The time of Roman Chaos 235 - 285 RC001034
     Previous Coin     Next Coin

Philip I, 244-249 AD c 247 AD. THE FIRST CHRISTIAN EMPEROR?
Antoninianus
Philip the Arab was born in Shahba just southeast of Damascus in Syria. Philip has the nickname "the Arab" because he had family who had originated in the Arabian peninsula. After becoming a member of the Pretorian Guard under Alexander Severus, Philip ascended to the rank of Praetorian prefect during Gordian III’s reign. Although it is possible Gordian III died in battle against the Persians, it is more plausible that he was assassinated with Philip’s collusion. Philip opportunely seized the throne from that point on. Obverse radiate, draped, and cuirassed Philip I IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG. Reverse standing Aequitas holding scales and cornucpiae, AEQVITAS AVGG.
Mint: Antioch. Modern Antakya, Turkey
Provenance: Private acquisition *

Google Location Map