Roman Bronze Philip II Ae25 Follis in a Crystal Pendant

£ 395.00

A Roman provincial coin minted for Philip II, mounted within a stunning crystal pendant mount. The coin was struck around AD 247-249 at Nisibis, a large eastern fortress on the frontier of the Roman Empire in Mesopotamia. The obverse features a cuirassed bust of Philip II, facing left, and wearing a radiate crown, surrounded by the legend: AYTOK K M IOVΛI ΦIΛIΠΠOC CEB. The unabbreviated legend would read: AYTOK[ΡΑΤΟΡ] – K[ΑΙΣΑΡ] – M[ΑΡΚΟΣ] – IOYΛ[ΙΟΣ] – ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ – CEB[ΑΣΤΟΣ], which translates as “Emperor and Caesar, Marcus Julius Philip, Augustus”. The reverse shows Tyche of Antioch in typical fashion, seated and wearing draped robes. Above her head a ram, representing Aries, leaps to the right. Below her there is the upper half of a swimming figure, who is the personification of the river Orontes or Euphrates. The whole scene sits within a tetrastyle shrine. The legend reads:  IOY CЄΠ KOΛΩ NЄCIBI MHT. This translates as JUL[IA] SEP[TIMIA] COLO[NIA] NISIBI[S] MET[ROPOLIS]. The family name of ‘Julia’ refers to Philip I.

The coin is encased in a custom-made stainless steel bezel to the obverse, decorated with high quality faceted crystal. On the reverse there is a silver mount, hallmarked at the top, to stabilise the coin within its frame. The steel suspension loop is also branded with a recessed TP, in collaboration with Tresor Paris, the Hatton Garden jewellers.


Date: Coin: AD 247-249 Pendant: modern
Condition: Very fine condition. The details of the coin are clearly legible.
Product Code: RES-241
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Philip II (sometimes known as Philip the Younger) was the son of Roman emperor Philip the Arab. Philip II became Caesar at 7 years old when his father became emperor in AD 244. He was soon elevated to the position of co-ruler and Augustus. Contemporary historians describe how 12-year-old Philip II was killed alongside Philip the Arab in battle by Decius in AD 249. However modern historians have argued that he was in fact murdered by the Praetorian Guard, when news of his father’s death made it back to Rome.

Tyche was the protecting deity of Antioche, in modern Turkey. She sits on a rock and is accompanied by the personification of the river, both representative of the topography of the city. In sculpture, details such as a sheaf of wheat and a turreted crown are more legible. They represent prosperity and security respectively.

Weight 24.1 g
Dimensions L 4.6 x W 3.6 x H 0.4 cm



Near East (Western Asiatic)

Roman & Byzantine Rulers

Philip II

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