• 1 Sestertius 244-249 AD, Sear# 3874, Moesia Superior, Philip the Arab
  • 1 Sestertius 244-249 AD, Sear# 3874, Moesia Superior, Philip the Arab
Description

Viminacium was a major city (provincial capital) and military camp of the Roman province of Moesia (today's Serbia), and the capital of Moesia Superior. It became a colonia with minting privilege in 239 AD during the rule of Gordian III (238-244) and housed the Legion VII and Legion IV. The minting privilege was withdrawn during Gallenius (253-268). Viminacium was destroyed in 441 by the Attila the Hun, but rebuilt by Justinian I.

Marcus Iulius Philippus Augustus, c. 204 – 249 AD, also known commonly by his nickname Philip the Arab (Latin: Philippus Arabus), also known as Philip, was Roman Emperor from 244 to 249. He was born in Arabia Petraea, the Roman province of Arabia, in a city situated in modern-day Syria. He went on to become a major figure in the Roman Empire. He achieved power after the death of Gordian III, quickly negotiating peace with the Persian Sassanid Empire. During his reign, the city of Rome celebrated its millennium.

Obverse

Head of Philip the Arab, laureate, right.

IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG (Imperator Marcus Iulius Philippus Augustus)

IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG

Reverse

Moesia (the symbolic figure of the province) standing left, between bull to left & lion to right.

P MS COL VIM (Provincia Moesia Superior Colonia Viminacium)

Exergue: AN V (Anno 5)

P MS COL VIM
AN V

Edge -
Characteristics
Production Hammering
Material Bronze
Weight 17.6 g
Diameter 28 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alt # Moushmov# 36, Moushmov# 42
Mint
Viminacium

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