PHILIP I THE ARAB AR silver antoninianus. First year, from Antioch. SPES FELICITATIS ORBIS. Scarce

Ancient Coins - PHILIP I THE ARAB AR silver antoninianus. First year, from Antioch. SPES FELICITATIS ORBIS. Scarce
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PHILIP I THE ARAB AR silver antoninianus. Struck at Antioch, 244 AD. IMP C M IVL PHILIPPVS P F AVG P M, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse - SPES FELICITATIS ORBIS, Spes advancing left, holding flower & hitching up skirt. RIC 70, RCV 8967. Rare, valued at $100 in EF (Compared to the typical Philip antoninianus at $50 in EF). 22mm, 3.4g.

Philip came to the throne when Gordian III was murdered while on campaign against the Persians who had invaded Antioch in 241. This campaign seems to have been a reasonably successful one, but in order to stabilize his position, Philip made a treaty with Shapur I to end hostilities, and celebrated it with a series from Antioch struck this year, all bearing the ending title P M on the obverse. Note that the letters P M on the obverse do not stand for the expected Pontifex Maximus, but for Persicus Maximus, and relate to Philip's pride in his accomplishment.
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