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Philip I 244-249 AD c 248 - 249, THE FIRST CHRISTIAN EMPEROR?
MILLENIUM OF ROME Bronze Sestertius
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: Phillip I IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG Reverse: She-wolf standing l. on rocky ground suckling Romulus and Remus. This reverse is one of the issues created to celebrate the millennium of Rome. SAECVLARES AVGG S C
Mint: Rome
Provenance: Private acquisition *

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