Philip II, 247–249 AD, Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch, AR Tetradrachm, struck 248-249 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Philip II
City/Region:
Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antiochia ad Orontem
Denomination:
AR Tetradrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
248-249 AD
Obverse:
AYTOK K M IOVΛI ΦIΛIΠΠOC CЄB, Bust of Philip II, laureate, draped, and cuirassed, facing right; below, four pellets (officina 4)
Reverse:
ΔHMAΡX ЄΞOVCIAC VΠA TO Δ, Eagle, wings displayed, standing left, holding wreath in beak; in exergue, ANTIOXIA / S C in two lines
Size:
28.50 mm, 12.6g, 6h
Grade:
Choice EF, boldly struck, toned, with mint lustre
Rarity:
rare, there are only a few records of this variant, with four pellets on the obverse, in online auction archives
Provenance:
ex Pegasi Numismatics Auction 37 (14 November 2017), Lot 348
References:
Prieur 494; McAlee 1064d; BMC Galatia [Seleucis and Pieria] p. 218, 559-563 var. (no pellets); Butcher p. 120, 8 var. (no pellets); cf. SNG Copenhagen 268 (Philip I, no pellets); SGICV -

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Rare variant with four pellets on the obverse, indicating it was minted in the 4th officina.

Marcus Julius Philippus Severus (also known as Philippus II, Philip II and Philip the Younger) was the son of the Roman Emperor Philip I ("the Arab"). Later, he became Consul and then Augustus and co-ruler with his father. Philip II who never made it past his 12th year dying in his mother's arms, murdered by the Praetorian guard on learning of his father's death in battle to Trajan Decius.