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Sale: CNG 72, Lot: 1250. Estimate $2500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 14 June 2006. 
Sold For $4000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SYRIA, Trachonitis. Philippopolis. Divus Julius Marinus, father of Philip I. Æ 23mm (9.51 g, 12h). Bare-headed bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder, supported by eagle standing right / Roma standing left, holding phiale and spear; shield at feet; S C across fields. Spijkerman 1/2 (obv./rev.); Hendin 897a var. (Roma seated left); SNG ANS 1402. VF, black patina with dusty overtones. An attractive example of this very rare dynastic issue.

Though the dates of both events are uncertain, at some point during his reign Philip I deified his deceased father and built a temple to him. The boyhood hometown of Philip I was renamed Philippopolis in the emperor’s honor.