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    Rare Philip II Aureus

    Philip II, as Caesar (AD 244-247). AV aureus (22mm, 4.26 gm, 6h). Rome, AD 244-246. M IVL PHILIPPVS CAES, bareheaded, draped bust of Philip II right / PRINCIPI IVVENT, Philip II in military dress, standing right, holding transverse spear in right hand and globe in left. RIC 216. Cohen 52. Calic├│ 3276 (R1). Very rare! Pierced in antiquity at 12:00 obverse, otherwise well struck and attractive, with considerable luster. NGC AU 5/5 - 1/5, pierced.

    Born in AD 237, Marcus Julius Severus Philippus was seven years old when eponymous father, the emperor Philip I, had him proclaimed Caesar early in AD 244. Although the empire was beset with many troubles, the reign started off with some promise. Philip II accompanied his father on campaigns against the Quadi and Carpi on the Danube frontier in AD 245-7. When Philip I returned in triumph, his 10-year-old son was elevated to the rank of co-Augustus, and together they presided over the extravagant Saecular Games that marked Rome's 1,000th anniversary in AD 248. However, in the following months further turmoil on the frontiers led to a rash of attempted usurpations, the most serious by the general Trajan Decius, who then marched against Rome in mid-249. The two Philips gathered a legionary force and marched out to meet the usurper at Verona, but were defeated and slain in battle. Gold coins dating from the reign of the two Philips are exceptionally rare, due to the increasing scarcity of precious metals in the mid-third century. The beautiful aureus displays an exceptionally lifelike portrait of the young Caesar, then about eight or nine years of age. The piercing, done in antiquity, was probably done so the piece could be worn as a pendant, or perhaps strung on a loop with other aurei as a security measure. 

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    August, 2015
    13th Thursday
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