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Triton XV, Lot: 1438. Estimate $5000.
Sold for $18000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ARABIA, Philippopolis. Divus Julius Marinus. Died circa AD 246/7. Æ (23mm, 8.81 g, 12h). Struck at Antioch, circa AD 247-249. ΘЄΩ MAPINΩ, bareheaded bust right, slight drapery, supported by eagle standing right / ΦIΛIΠΠOΠΛIT-ΩN KOΛΩNIAC, Roma or Allat standing left, holding patera in extended right hand and spear in left; shield at her side, S C across field. Butcher, Philippopolis & Samosata pl. 25, 11 (same dies); Spijkerman 2 (same obv. die); SNG ANS 1402 (same dies); De Saulcy 2. EF, grayish-green patina, some very minor roughness. Among the finest known portraits of Marinus.

From Group CEM.

The father of Philip I, Julius Marinus hailed from a small town in the province of Arabia (modern day Shuhba, Syria; the original name of the ancient town is unknown). Following the death of Marinus, Philip deified his father and had a temple to him built in his newly aggrandized hometown - now renamed Philippoplis and elevated to the rank of colonia.

The neat fabric of the city’s coins is quite out of place for Arabia. This, combined with die links between the coins of Philippopolis, Zeugma, and Antioch, suggest production at a central location, with Antioch being the likeliest candidate.