CARINUS, as Caesar
AD 282-283

AE Antoninianus. 4.36g, 23.7mm

MINTED: Ticinum mint, circa AD 282-283
REF: RIC 182

OBVERSE: M AVR CARINVS NOB C, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: PRINCIPI IVVENTVT, Carinus standing left, holding globe and spear, captive at foot to left, TXXI in exergue


Good Very Fine. Almost fully silvered. 


Historical Notes:

Carinus was the elder son of the short-lived Emperor Carus, who was killed in late 283 after a campaign against the Sassanids.  When Carinus's brother and co-emperor Numerian died suddenly the following year, Carinus faced a challenge for power by Diocletian, the commander of the Imperial cavalry.  Their two armies met at the Battle of the Margus in July 285, and though Carinus initially gained the upper hand in the conflict, he was assassinated by one of his own officers, and Diocletian thus ended up sole ruler of the Empire.

CARINUS, as Caesar . AD 282-283 . Antoninianus . "Prince of Youth"

SKU: 174
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