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Carinus, First Half 283 - Spring 285 A.D.
When this coin was struck in 282, Carinus was still the Prince of Youth, full of promise. Later he would be remembered as one of the worst Roman emperors. This infamy is, however, likely part fiction, supported by Diocletian himself. For example, the (unreliable) Historia Augusta has Carinus marrying nine wives, while neglecting to mention his only real wife, Magnia Urbica, by whom he had a son, Nigrinianus. After his death, Carinus' memory was officially condemned in the Roman proceeding known as Damnatio Memoriae. His name, along with that of his wife, was erased from inscriptions.
RS71588. Billon antoninianus
IV 390 (LV 4227); RIC V-2
182; Cohen VI
97; Hunter III
71; Pink VI-2
, p. 28; SRCV III
EF, most silvering
remains, well centered
and struck, nice portrait, some porosity
, 4th officina
, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, weight
4.627g, maximum diameter
23.0mm, die axis
, 2nd issue as caesar
, 282 - 283 A.D.; obverse M AVR
CARINVS NOB CAES
, draped, and cuirassed bust
right; reverse PRINCIPI IVVENTVT
(to the Prince of Youth), Carinus
standing left, globe in extended right hand, spear vertical behind in left hand, bound captive seated left at feet on left, QXXI in exergue
Catalog current as of Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
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