King of Coins Sola-Busca

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Sola Busca - King of Coins

Sola Busca Tarot


A king holding a shield in his left hand and an helmet in his right hand. Banner with "PAX" (peace) inscription. A bird is sitting on the throne. Possibly, a dove with an olive branch. An inscription at the base of the throne reads "R FILIPO".

Identification of the Subject

The subject of this card could be Philip II of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great. His son Alexander and his wife Olympias are also present in the deck. Also the Knight of Cups Nectanebo is mythically connected to Philip of Macedonia.

A second, less likely, possibility is the Roman Emperor Philip the Arab (III Century AC). This interpreations provides a possible explanation for the banner reading "PAX".

Roman Emperor Philip the Arab

Image references

Coin of Emperor Philip I "the Arab" (244-249 A.D.)

IMP(erator)M(arcus)IVL(ius) PHILIPPVSAUG(ustus)

P A X   A E T E R N A

Textual references

Fazio degli Uberti Dittamondo

Book 2 - Chapter IV

Dopo costui, di cui mi dolse assai,

a Filippo fu dato il mio tra mano, 80

che per signor sette anni me 'l trovai.

E nota che fu il primo cristiano

imperatore e Ponzio fu colui

che 'l battezzò con la sua santa mano.

After him (Gordian III), from which I received much pain,

my reign was given to Philippus,

and he ruled me for seven years.

Note that he was the first christian

emperor and Pontius was him that

baptized him with his holy hand.

External links

  • [1] Wiki article on Philippus the Arab