Philip II was the son of Philip who named him co-Augustus just before
he set out to fight the army of Trajan Decius. Philip was only about 10 years
old and when news reached Rome of Decius's victory the boy could do little to
stem the growing momentum against his father's killer. Briefly, he remained sole
emperor but the troops in Rome were no match for the approaching army of Decius,
especially considering that Philip's own captured troops were now fighting
alongside him. As expected, rather than fight a losing battle, the Praetorian
Guard just murdered the boy and avoided the confrontation.
Obv-M IVL PHILIPPVS CAES Radiate and draped bust right.
Rev-PRINCIIPI IVVENT Philip in military dress standing left, holding globe an reversed spear.