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Philip II, July or August 247 - Late 249 A.D.
During Philip's reign the 1000th anniversary of Rome (248 A.D.) was celebrated, and magnificent games were held. This coin was issued as part of that celebration and the reverse undoubted depicts one of the animals displayed during the games.
Traditionally the animal on this type has been described as "goat" - hardly exotic enough for the event - but it might actually be the northern European elk (similar to an American moose).
RS41744. Silver antoninianus
, RIC IV
224, RSC IV
72, Hunter III
26, SRCV III
9275, EF, nicely centered, Rome
3.706g, maximum diameter
22.3mm, die axis
, 248 A.D.; obverse
IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate
, draped, and cuirassed bust
right, from behind; reverse SAECVLARES AVGG
(Secular games [provided by] the Emperors), elk walking left, III in exergue
Catalog current as of Saturday, May 25, 2019.
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