Philip I Celebrates the
1000th Anniversary of Rome

April 21, 247 - 248

The following coins were minted during the reign of Philip I to celebrate the thousandth Anniversary of the founding of Roma.  According to the calculations of Varro, the 1000th year of Rome ran from April 21st, 247 to 248.  However, according to Roman Imperial Coinage, volume IV, part III, there clearly was little issue of these celebratory coins until late 247.  Philip exhibited and slaughtered huge numbers of exotic animals for the enjoyment of the populace.  The first group of coins below are examples of the coinage issued during the celebrations.  The second group is believed to have been issued to keep the memory of the games alive and to look to the future of Rome.  I hope you find these coins and their representation of history as fascinating as I find them.  If you just happen to have further examples of this issue, I am always looking to expand my web pages and collection.

Emperor's radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

Lion walking right

Officina: 1
Coin Weight: 4.56 grams
Die Axis: 15 degrees
Lion walking right

Emperor's radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

She-wolf standing left suckling Romulus and Remus

Officina: 2
Coin Weight: 5.13 grams
Die Axis: 345 degrees
She-wolf standing left suckling Romulus and Remus

Emperor's Son radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

Goat or Moose walking left

Officina: 3
Coin Weight: 4.25 grams
Die Axis: 0 degrees
Goat or Moose walking left

Emperor's Son radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

Goat or Moose walking right

Officina: 3
Coin Weight: 3.70 grams
Die Axis: 170 degrees
Goat or Moose walking right

Emperor's wife diademed and draped bust right on crescent.

Hippo walking right, looking down

Officina: 4
Coin Weight: 4.22 grams
Die Axis: 15 degrees
Hippo walking right, looking down

Emperor's wife diademed and draped bust right on crescent.

Hippo walking right, looking up

Officina: 4
Coin Weight: 4.30 grams
Die Axis: 30 degrees
Hippo walking right, looking up

Emperor's radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

Stag walking right

Officina: 5
Coin Weight: 3.94 grams
Die Axis: 210 degrees
Stag walking right

Emperor's radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

Stag walking left

Officina: 5
Coin Weight: 3.87 grams
Die Axis: 195 degrees
Stag walking left

Emperor's radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

Antelope walking right

Officina: 6
Coin Weight: 3.48 grams
Die Axis: 345 degrees
Antelope walking right

Emperor's radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

Antelope walking left

Officina: 6
Coin Weight: 3.80 grams
Die Axis: 345 degrees
Antelope walking left

PART 2 - Coins struck to Remember the games and look towards the eternal future of Rome. Emperor's radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

Tall cippus inscribed COS III

Mint: Rome
Weight:      4.82 grams
Die axis:    195 degrees
Tall cippus inscribed COS III.

Emperor's radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

Short cippus inscribed COS

Mint: Rome
Weight:      3.62 grams
Die axis:    15 degrees
Short cippus inscribed COS III.

Emperor's radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

Temple of six columns, in center, statue (of Roma).

Mint: Rome
Weight:      3.85 grams
Die axis:    0  degrees
Temple of six columns, in center, statue (of Roma).

Emperor's radiate, draped and cuirassed bust left.

Temple of six columns, in center, statue (of Roma).

Mint: Antioch
Weight:      3.31 grams
Die axis:    195 degrees
Temple of six columns, in center, statue (of Roma).

Emperor's radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

Temple of six columns, in center, statue (of Roma).

Mint:         Antioch
Weight:     3.80 grams
Die axis:    30 degrees
Temple of six columns, in center, statue (of Roma).