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Philip I the Arab, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D.
Tranquillitas was the goddess of tranquility, security, calmness, and peace. The capricorn had a goat-like forequarter and a hindquarter terminating in a fish tail. The capricorn alludes to the maritime transportation of Egyptís grain harvest across the Mediterranean to Rome, which was critical to maintaining tranquility within the empire.
RB87545. Orichalcum sestertius
, RIC IV
156 (S), Cohen V
58, Hunter III
103, SRCV III
9019, VF, centered on a crowded squared flan
, light bumps and marks, porosity
, edge cracks, Rome
15.120g, maximum diameter
28.6mm, die axis
, c. 248 A.D.; obverse
IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate
, draped, and cuirassed bust
right, from behind; reverse TRANQVILLITAS AVGG
(to tranquility of [caused by] the two emperors), Tranquillitas
standing facing, head
left, capricorn in extended right hand, long scepter
vertical in left hand, S - C
) flanking across field
Catalog current as of Monday, May 20, 2019.
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