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What's this coin?

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My father kept this coin for a long time.

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It looks to be a modern fake of a coin of Philip I of Heliopolis (244-249 CE)

The inscription on the obverse reads

IMP CAES M IVL PHILPPVS OVBOVS

And on the reverse:

IOMH COL HEL

together with the temple of Zeus Heliopolitanus.


The factors that suggest this is a fake are the spelling error PHILPPVS (rather than PHILIPPVS) and the meaningless OVBOVS ending of the obverse legend (which would be PIVS FEL AVG on a genuine coin).

Forgeries of this coin are not uncommon, but they are often of rather better quality, like this example from the Harvard Art Museum:

Coin of Heliopolis under Philip I (forgery)


You can also see a genuine (if rather worn) example of this coin (Museum number: 1908,0110.2512) on the British Museum website.

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