SILVER ANTONINIANUS OF PHILIP II, ROME, AD 248.

SILVER ANTONINIANUS OF PHILIP II, ROME, AD 248.

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Obverse: IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Philip II facing right.

Reverse: SAECVLARES AVGG, Elk standing left, officina mark III in ex.

RIC: 224. Sear: 9275. [Rome, AD 248].

Diameter: 23 mm. Weight: 4.1 g.

This type belongs to the extensive series struck in AD 248 commemorating the Saecular Games held on the thousandth anniversary of Rome's founding. The animal on the reverse has often been described as a goat. However, it seems rather unlikely that a goat would be featured as one of the exotic animals in the arena - a far more credible candidate is the Northern European elk.

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