AE Antoninianus. 3.58g, 21.4mm
MINTED: Siscia mint, AD 283-284
REF: RIC 460 (scarce); Cohen 15
OBVERSE: IMP C NUMERIANVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: FIDES EXERCIT AVGG, Fides seated left, between three ensigns, holding patera; gamma in left field, SMSXXI in exergue.
Almost Fine. Rough surfaces.
Contemporary historians portray Numerian, the youngest son of Emperor Carus, as a man more suited to be a poet than a soldier. He accompanied his father on his campaign against the Persians in 283, and when Carus was killed (apparently by a bolt of lightning), Numerian's first act as the newly-proclaimed emperor was to turn his army back towards Europe. He endeavoured to rendezvous with his elder brother Carinus at Cyzicus, but died suddenly en route to his destination, his decomposing corpse discovered inside his travelling litter some days after his death. Aper, the Praetorian Prefect and Numerian's father-in-law, was accused of killing the emperor and summarily executed by the Commander of the Imperial Bodyguard, Diocles. The army then proclaimed Diocles, or Diocletian as he is better known, the new emperor.
NUMERIAN . AD 283-284 . Antoninianus . "Fides"
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