New Philippus Arabs Millennium Saeculares Sestertius

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Julius Germanicus, Jan 9, 2018.

  1. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    I started the new year by picking three coins from the new fixed-price catalogue.

    Here is the first one, a Sestertius struck in celebration of the 1000th Anniversary of Rome.
    After concentrating on completing my portrait series during the last year, I am now trying to look for interesting reverses when I upgrade my budget bronzes.
    The reverse of this coin may be worn and double-struck, but as the games were the high point and most noteworthy event of Philipp´s reign, I think the depiction of one of the various beasts paraded through the Colosseum is far more interesting than the common personifications found on most of his coins.
    That said, it was also the portrait that won me over:

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    IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG - Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Philipp I right, seen from behind
    SAECVLARES AVGG, S C in exerque, antelope walking left
    Sestertius, Rome (6th officina) 248 (9th emission of Philipp I)
    28,5 mm - 17,85 gr
    RIC 161a; Cohen 190; Banti 50; Hunter 108


    Please show your Antelopes, Stags, Goats, Moose, Hippos, Elephants, Lions, She-Wolves, Cippus pillars, Roma Temples, Medallions or anything else related to the first Millennium Games!!!
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  3. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Beautiful lifelike portrait !

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  4. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    What a wonderful coin with great patina and a cool, squarish flan.

    The portrait is amazing!

    Slightly off-topic, is that Pupienus in your avatar? Looks like him. I had a Pupienus sestertius, once. Decent, and coincidentally also kind of squarish, like your Philip, here, but not quite as nice as the one your avatar.
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  5. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    That is a lovely coin!

    Here's his wife's contribution to the numismatic celebration:

    Otacilia Severa SAECVLARES AVGG Sestertius.jpg
    Otacilia Severa, AD 244-249
    Roman Æ sestertius; 11.52 g, 30.4 mm
    Rome, AD 248
    Obv: MARCIA OTACIL SEVERA AVG, diademed and draped bust, right
    Rev: SAECVLARES AVGG SC, Hippopotamus standing right
    Refs: RIC 200; Cohen 65; RCV 9170; Hunter 26.
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  6. TIF

    TIF I am not an expert Supporter

    Very nice!!
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  7. Mikey Zee

    Mikey Zee Delenda Est Carthago

    That's a coin I couldn't resist if I had the opportunity to buy it---so much eye-appeal and character with such a wonderful portrait:hungry:

    I believe I'm still lacking examples from the 'Ist Millennium Games':(
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  8. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    Yes, that´s the man :)
  9. Pellinore

    Pellinore Supporter! Supporter

    A super portrait.
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  10. TJC

    TJC Well-Known Member

    Great portrait and I like the stag too!

    Here is an an Philip Secular Games Ant

    Philip1SecularStagO2x339.jpg Philip1SecularStagR1x339.jpg
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