244–249 Antioch Silver Tetradrachm Philip I – Prieur Collection NGC Mint State

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Rare Antioch Tetradrachm of Philip I From the Michel Prieur Collection!

• Many of These Coins are Very Rare –

• Minted by Roman Emperor Philip I (Philip the Arab) – The First Christian Roman Emperor

• Minted in Antioch – The city where, according to the Bible, Christians were first called Christians.

• Each Coin is from the Michel Prieur Collection – The unchallenged world expert on the Roman Provincial coinage from the city.

• Comes with a Prieur Collection Book– The Syro-Phoenician Tectradrachms and their Fractions.

Struck in Antioch between the years 244 and 249, this coin comes certified by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in Choice About Uncirculated (Ch AU) condition and pedigreed as having once been a part of the Prieur Collection. In addition, it was personally cataloged by Prieur and will arrive along with his original envelope.

Roman Emperor Philip I (204-249) is more commonly known by his nickname, Philip the Arab, thanks to his birth in the Syrian city of Shahba then located within the Roman Empire’s Arabian province. Many historians believe he was the first Christian emperor due to his confession of sins before being allowed to enter a church during an Easter vigil mass. His favorable treatment of Christians helped reinforce this view.

A competent military leader as well as an excellent administrator, Philip was betrayed by his successor, Decius, who not only murdered Philip and his 11-year-old son following the coup but put to death many prominent Christians including Pope Fabian in a bloody persecution aimed at strengthening the Roman state and its polytheistic religion. Decius didn’t last long, however; he was killed two years later amid a series of events that epitomized the Crisis of the Third Century, a 50-year period from 235-284 in which at least 26 men staked claimed to the title of emperor.

Now you can add this ancient coin struck nearly 1,800 years ago during one of the bloodiest periods in Roman history. It’s a beautiful coin that may have been held by centurions, generals and assassins during one of the most turbulent times in world history – a coin that also originates from one of the most fabled coin collections ever assembled!

Since these coins were hand struck your coin will have a unique look. The photo shown here is for illustration only.

Composition Silver
Condition Graded
Grade MS