Philip I

244 - 249 A.D.

Gordian III was a fairly popular ruler when Philip, a Romanized Arabian, was selected as Praetorian Prefect. This was a highly influential post and one of Philip's duties under Gordian was the control of military supply logistics. Because he was ambitious and longed to be emperor himself he manipulated and purposefully mismanaged the soldiers' food supply in hopes of pinning the blame on the emperor. This worked quite well and the hungry soldiers mutinied and killed Gordian. Before the treasonous conspiracy could be investigated, Philip finished the game plan by proclaiming himself emperor and the Senate went along.

Philip turned out to be a successful leader on the battlefield. He negotiated a peace treaty with the Persians and headed back to Rome. When new revolts sprouted along the Danube, he sent off Trajan Decius to take care of them. This was poor judgment on his part because Decius would wind up doing such a good job that his soldiers arbitrarily promoted him to Augustus. Philip mustered an army to take on Decius but was beaten and killed in the battle.

AR Antoninianus

RIC 2b AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PMTRPIICOSPP - Philip seated left in curule chair, holding globe and touching baton at side.


RIC 3, Cohen 124 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PMTRPIIICOSPP - Felicitas standing left holding caduceus and cornucopia.


RIC 4, Cohen 136 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PMTRPIIIICOSIIPP - Felicitas standing left holding caduceus and cornucopia.


RIC 5, Cohen 137 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: PMTRPIIIICOSIIPP - Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopia. Lot sold for $20 11/18/01.


RIC 8, Cohen 98 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: NOBILITASAVGG - Nobilitas standing right, holding scepter and globe.


RIC 21, Cohen 189 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: SAECVLARESAVGG Exe: UI - Antelope walking left.


RIC 24c, Cohen 193 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPPHILIPPVSAVG. Bust, radiate, draped and cuirassed right.
Rev: SAECVLARESAVGG. Low column inscribed COS/III.


RIC 26b, Cohen 3 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: ADVENTVSAVGG - Philip riding horse left, holding right up in salute and scepter.


RIC 27b, Cohen 9 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: AEQVITASAVGG - Equity standing left, holding cornucopia and scales. Lot sold for $26 11/14/01.


RIC 28c, Cohen 25 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: ANNONAAVGG - Annona standing left, holding corn-ears over a modius left and cornucopia. Lot sold for $13 1/10/02.


RIC 31, Cohen 43 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: FELICITASTEMP - Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopia.


RIC 32b, Cohen 55 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: FIDESMILIT - Fides standing left, holding a standard in the each hand. Lot sold for $22 1/8/02.


RIC 36b, Cohen 80 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: LAETITFVNDAT - Laetitia standing left, holding a wreath and a rudder. Lot sold for $16 11/14/01.


RIC 38b, Cohen 87 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: LIBERALITASAVGGII - Liberalitas standing left, holding cornucopia and abacus.


RIC 41, Cohen 102 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PAXAETERN - Pax advancing left, holding an olive branch and scepter.


RIC 44b, Cohen 169 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: ROMAEAETERNAE - Roma sitting left, holding Victory and scepter Rome. Lot sold for $37 1/11/02.


RIC 47, Cohen 205 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: SALVSAVG - Salus standing left, feeding a snake rising from an altar from a patera, and holding a rudder. Lot sold for $26 11/18/01.


RIC 48b, Cohen 215 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: SECVRITORBIS - Securitas seated left, holding wand and propping head with left hand. Lot sold for $20 11/19/01.


RIC 49b, Cohen 227 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGG - Victory walking right, holding a wreath and a palm.


RIC 50, Cohen 231 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGG - Victory walking left, holding a wreath and a palm.


RIC 51, Cohen 235 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: VICTORIAAVGG - Victory standing left, holding a wreath and a palm.


RIC 52, Cohen 239 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: VIRTVSAVG - Virtus standing left with right foot on helmet, holding olive branch and spear.


RIC 53, Cohen 240 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: VIRTVSAVG - Virtus seated left, holding branch and spear.


RIC 57, Cohen 12 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: AEQVITASAVGG - Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopia.


RIC 58, Cohen 17 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: AETERNITASAVGG - Elephant walking left, guided by driver with goad and wand.


RIC 59, Cohen 33 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: ANNONAAVGG - Annona standing left, holding corn-ear over Modius at feet, and cornucopia. Lot sold for $21 11/21/01.


RIC 60, Cohen 39 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: FELI/CITAS/IMPP - Inscribed within wreath on three lines.


RIC 62, Cohen 50 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: FIDESEXERCITVS - Four standards, the third from right has an eagle atop it. Lot sold for $56 11/18/01.


RIC 65, Cohen 171 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: ROMAEAETERNAE - Roma sitting left, holding Victory and scepter. Lot sold for $26 11/18/01.


RIC 70, Cohen 221 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSPFAVGPM - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: SPESFELICITATISORBIS - Spes standing left, holding flower and raising skirt.


RIC 71, Cohen 243 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSPFAVGPM - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: VIRTVSEXERCITVS - Virtus standing right, holding spear and leaning hand on shield.


RIC 82, Cohen 8 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: AEQVITASAVG - Equity standing left, holding cornucopia and scales. Lot sold for $154 11/15/01.


RIC 84a AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: FIDESEXERCITVS - Four standards, the third, from right to left, has an eagle atop it.


RIC 85, Cohen 167 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust left, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: ROMAEAETERNAE - Roma sitting left, holding Victory and scepter.


RIC 86b, S 2574 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPPHILIPPVSAVG, Radiate and draped bust right
Rev: SAECVLVMNOVVM, Temple with 6 columns. Inside, figure of Roma seated facing.


RIC 226, Cohen 6 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped
Rev: AETERNITIMPER - Sol advancing left, holding right hand up in salute and a whip.


Cohen 214 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG; Radiate bust right.
Rev: SECVRITORBIS; Securitas seated left, holding scepter.


Sestertius

RIC 148a, Cohen 121 Sestertius Obv: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: ANNONAAVGG, Emperor seated left holding globe and scepter.