CARINUS, as Caesar
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.
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"
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