Rome, 247 AD. AR antoninianus, 4.21 gr.
Obv: IMP PHILIPPVS AVG; radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Philippus I to the right.
Rev: VICTORIA CARPICA; Victory advancing to the right, with wreath in right hand and palm branch over left shoulder.
Ref: RIC 66.
A sharply and well struck example with iridescent patina. Rare. Virtually as struck and almost FDC.
The Carpi were a barbarian tribe who crossed the Danube to lay waste Moesia Inferior. After a prolonged struggle, the Carpi were driven back across the Danube into their homeland, pursued by the Romans. The Romans besieged them in a hill-fort and the Carpi had to sue for peace. Philip was acclaimed Carpicus Maximus.
It is believed that the Carpathian mountains derive their name from this tribe.