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Given the moniker "the Arab" for having been born in the Levant, Marcus Julius Philippus succeeded Gordian III, whose death Philip has by historians been suspected of having arranged. As emperor, Philip proved something of a spendthrift, with the result that unrest developed in many regions previously pacified by Rome. Amid waning support for Philip and his policies, a senator by the name of Gaius Messius Quintus Decius stood out for defending the emperor, and Philip rewarded him with a military command. Alas, those legions declared for Decius to be made emperor, and when Philip's and Decius' armies met in battle, Philip was decisively defeated and killed.





The above specimen is notable for it's size at 21 by 23.5 mm. It's also pretty heavy, weighing just over 3.6 grams. I'm having a hard time determining whether it's RIC 44b (RSC 169, Sear 8952) or RIC 106a (RSC 165). The two types are extremely similar. A strong strike on both sides, but note the missing "S" in the obverse legend.

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Nice sharp details, and a good write-up. Thanks for sharing.
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That's a really nice portrait right there!
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Interesting how the bust and reverse details are sharp but the lettering is weak and broken. There is also a shadow image of the face.
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There is also a shadow image of the face.


I noticed that too Ron. It doesn't look like a double-strike though. Any thoughts on how that occurs? Great coin @LC!
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Dave, I was wondering that myself. I agree it's not a double strike, I don't know what would cause it.
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Here's another I came across today. I liked this specimen for being fully struck up on both sides, which isn't always the case with issues of this emperor. RIC 28c (Sear 8922, RSC 25).





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