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Carinus, First Half 283 - Spring 285 A.D.

Carinus was the son of Carus who was Praetorian prefect during the reign of Probus. After his father seized power, Carinus was raised to the rank of Caesar in October 282 and left to manage the Western provinces while his father and brother Numerian campaigned against the Persians in the east. The campaign was a success, but Carus was killed by lightning. In 285 Carinus left Rome to confront the usurper Julian I and then Diocletian, who had been declared Augustus by his troops. Carinus was nearly victorious in battle but was murdered by one of his chief officers - apparently, Carinus had seduced his wife.


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In Roman religion, every man has a genius, a presiding spirit. In De Die Natali, Censorinus says, from the moment we are born, we live under the guard and tutelage of Genius. Cities, organizations, and peoples also had a genius. On coins, we find inscriptions to the Genius of the Roman people, of the Senate, of the Emperor, etc. The legend GENIVS EXERCITI dedicates this coin to the Genius of the army.
RA91628. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 255; Cohen VI 38; SRCV III 12346; Pink VI/2, p. 34; Hunter - (p. clxii), Choice gVF, excellent centering, small edge crack, light encrustations, weight 4.120 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 180o, 1st Officina, Rome mint, 3rd emission, Aug 283 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR CARINVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GENIVS EXERCITI, Genius standing left, kalathos on head, nude but for cloak over shoulders, patera in extended right hand, cornucopia in left hand, KAA in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $160.00 (€140.80)
 


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This reverse announces that Carinus, who has the world in his hands, is bringing an age of good fortune.
RA71344. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 152, Bastien 492; Hunter IV 13; Cohen VI 117; Pink VI-2, p. 22; SRCV III 12305, Choice aEF, fantastic style, perfect centering, weight 4.691 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 2nd emission of Carus, Oct 282 A.D.; obverse CARINVS NOBIL CAES, radiate and cuirassed bust left, spear (or scepter?) over shoulder in right, shield ornamented with head of gorgoneion in left; reverse SAECVLI FELICITAS (era of good fortune), Carinus standing right, transverse spear in right, globe in left hand, D right; beautiful coin!; SOLD


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SH12457. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 271, Cohen 191, Venèra 3262 - 82 (21 spec), Choice gVF, weight 3.555 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 180o, officina seven, Rome mint, 283 - 284 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR CARINVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVTI AVGG (to the valor of the two emperors), Hercules standing left, resting right hand on club, bow in left hand, lion skin over left arm, KAZ in exergue; full circle centering, ex Harlan Berk; scarce; SOLD







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Calicó, E. The Roman Avrei, Vol. II: From Didius Julianus to Constantius I, 193 AD - 335 AD. (Barcelona, 2003).
Cohen, H. Description historique des monnaies frappées sous l'Empire Romain, Vol. 6: Macrianus to Diocletian & Maximianus. (Paris, 1886).
Gricourt, D. Ripostiglio della Venèra, Nuovo Catalogo Illustrato, Vol. IV: Caro - Diocleziano. (Verona, 2000).
King, C. Roman Quinarii from the Republic to Diocletian and the Tetrarchy. (Oxford, 2007).
Mattingly, H., E. Sydenham & P. Webb. The Roman Imperial Coinage, Vol. V, |Part| II, Probus to Amandus. (London, 1933).
Milani, L. Il ripositglio della Venèra, Monete romane della seconda meta del terzo secolo. (Rome, 1880).
Pink, K. "Der Aufbau der Römischen münzprägung in der Kaiserzeit: VI/2. Carus und Söhne" in Numismatische Zeitschrift 80 (1963).
Robinson, A. Roman Imperial Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet, University of Glasgow, Vol. IV. Valerian I to Allectus. (Oxford, 1978).
Sear, D. Roman Coins and Their Values, Vol. III, The Accession of Maximinus I to the Death of Carinus AD 235 - AD 285. (London, 2005).
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