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Philip I, the Arab, Silver Antoninianus, FIDES EXERCITVS.

Philip I, the Arab (AD 244-249), silver Antoninianus, Rome, undated [AD 247-249], IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate bust right, rev. FIDES EXERCITVS, four standards, the second from the right a legionary eagle, 3.49g, 6h (RIC 62). At one stage lightly cleaned, extremely fine.

The Emperor Philip I was an ethnic Arab from present day Syria. The reverse type represents reassurances of peace and stability for the Roman people through the loyalty of the Roman Army to the Emperor and Rome. In reality the allegiance of any Roman army to its emperor had a lot to do with the funding it received from the emperor - the donativum - which was commonplace from the reign of Tiberius onwards.

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