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Sale: CNG 64, Lot: 1181. Estimate $150. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2003. 
Sold For $700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

PHILIP II. 247-249 AD. AR Antoninianus (4.18 gm). Antioch mint. Struck circa 248 AD. Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / SAECVLARES AVGG, low column inscribed COS/III in two lines. RIC IV -; Göbl, "Römisher Münzhort Tulln 1966," NZ 1969, -; RSC -. EF. Extremely rare, possibly unique? ($150)

This reverse type is only published on coins of Philip I at Rome. Many new Antioch mint coins from the time of Philip I have come to light over the past few years, especially with types previously only known at Rome. It is likely that this reverse type was used at Antioch on coins of Philip I (none of which have yet come to light), and this coin is a hybrid with a Philip II obverse. Such hybrids are not unusual in this period.