Philip I ‘the Arab’ Antoninianus Very Fine
Philip I (A.D. 244-249) was nicknamed ‘The Arab’ by the Romans because he was born in the province of ‘Arabia Petraea’, near Damascus. He came to the throne by plotting against, then murdering his predecessor, Gordian III. Famously, his reign saw the Thousand year anniversary of the founding of Rome, which he celebrated with lavish ceremonies and spectacular games and hunting events. Sadly the good times did not last and amongst wider unrest across the empire he was killed in battle with his successor, the ‘usurper’ Trajan Decius. We offer to you Silver Antoninianii of Philip I with various reverses such as gods and goddesses. These attractive coins grade Very Fine and are great in any collection but make especially good presents for anyone named Philip! Join this coin on its journey through time, the latest person to hold it and think of the past.