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Why buy this (AD 244-249) Roman Empire Philip I AR Double-Denarius?
Philip I, also known as "Marcus Julius Philippus" and "Philip the Arab," was born in modern-day Syria. He rose to power with the death of Gordian III after serving as Praetorian prefect. He was so sympathetic to Christians that many believed that he converted himself. In 249, he was killed in the Battle of Verona. Struck from silver, this AR Double-Denarius dates back to his reign.
Powerful Philip the Arab Design
The obverse features a right-side portrait of Philip the Arab. It is a radiate, draped, and cuirass bust. The rim inscriptions, which are in Latin, read, "IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG" "Leader of the Army, Marcus Julius Philippus, Emperor."
The Roman goddess Aequitas is on the reverse. She represents the related concepts of balance, equality, and justice. The rim inscription "AQVITAS AVGG" aims to associate the virtues of the goddess with Philip and his son, Philip II.
Beautifully Preserved AU
The experts at Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) certified that this coin is in Almost Uncirculated condition. That means that over 1700 years after it was struck, it still retains full details save for some minor softness that is limited to the high points.
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|Year of Issue:||AD 244-249|
|Legal Tender:||Roman Empire|
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