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Philip I; 244-249 AD c 248 AD. THE FIRST CHRISTIAN EMPEROR?
Famous animal series commemorating Rome’s millennial games organized by Philip I. Antoninianus, 1st officina.
Philip I was born Marcus Julius Philippus in 204 AD and was also known as Philip the Arab. Traditionally the foundation of Rome is considered 753 BC, a year late, Philip celebrated the one thousandth birthday of Rome in April 248. In his book Ecclesiastical History, the historian Eusebius suggests Philip may have been a Christian as he reportedly entered a Christian Church on Easter after confessing his sins to a bishop. Some say this may be speculation. Obverse laureate, draped, cuirassed Philip I IMP PHILIPPVS AVG. Reverse standing lion SAECVLARES AVGG and below is an I = officina 1. This coinage represents one of the first Roman issues to bear officina numbers.
Mint: Rome
Provenance: Private acquisition

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