Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma right,
Reverse: Macedonian horseman right,
Macedonian helmet behind, Q. PILIPVS below,
ROMA in exergue
The bust of the goddess Roma, with its winged
helmet, is a popular obverse type during the
Republican period. The helmet itself is
reminiscent of Hellenistic and Roman helmets of
the time period, categorized by scholars as the
Italo-Attic type. Officers and deities are often
depicted as wearing this helmet long after such a
design had gone into general disuse by the
military. As such, it continued to be employed
as a symbol connected with deities and heroic
figures of the past. The reverse type refers to Q.
Marcius Philippus, an ancestor of the moneyer,
who had campaigned against Macedon after
previous diplomatic missions.
Crawford 259/1. RSC Marcia 11.