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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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RB50696. Bronze antoninianus, RIC V 244, aVF, weight 3.089 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, obverse IMP CARINVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse AETERNIT AVG, Aeternitas standing left, Phoenix on globe in right hand, raising robe with left, KAΓ in ex; $50.00 (37.50)

Click for a larger photo Felicitas was the goddess or personification of good luck and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire, and was frequently portrayed on coins. She became a prominent symbol of the wealth and prosperity of the Roman Empire.
RB54585. Bronze antoninianus, RIC V 295, Fine, weight 3.251 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 180o, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, obverse IMP CARINVS P F AVG, radiate draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse FELICIT PVBLICA, Felicitas standing facing, legs crossed, head left, holding caduceus and resting left elbow on column, QXXI in ex; $50.00 (37.50)

Click for a larger photo Providentia is the personification of the ability to foresee and make provision. She was among the embodiments of virtues that were part of the Imperial cult of ancient Rome. Providentia figures in art, cult, and literature, but has little or no mythology as such.
RS60035. Silvered antoninianus, RIC V, part 2, 303, VF, weight 4.146 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, obverse IMP CARINVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse PROVIDENT AVGG, Providentia standing left, heads of grain in right over modius at feet, cornucopia in left, VIXXI in ex; $50.00 (37.50)

Carinus, First Half 283 - Spring 285 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo In 282, Carus appointed his oldest son Marcus Aurelius Carinus, Caesar and co-emperor of the western Roman Empire.
RX42534. Billon tetradrachm, Milne 4679, Dattari 5578, Curtis 1913, Geissen 3169, SNG Cop 951, Kampmann 115.1, Emmett 4005, gVF, unusually thick flan, weight 8.338 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, as caesar, 29 Aug 282 - first half 283 A.D.; obverse A K M A KAPINOC K, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse eagle standing left between two vexilla, wings open, head turned back right, wreath in beak, LA (year 1) above; nice portrait; $40.00 (30.00)

Click for a larger photo Carus died in 283 when he was struck by lightning during a violent dust storm while on an expedition against the Sassanids. Marcus Aurelius Carinus succeeded his father Carus.
RB57904. Silvered antoninianus, RIC V 325, VF, weight 3.410 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch mint, obverse IMP C M AVR CARINVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS AVGG, Emperor standing right holding short scepter, receiving Victory holding wreath from Jupiter (or Carus), standing left holding long scepter, B in center, XXI in ex; struck with a worn reverse die; $40.00 (30.00)

Carinus, First Half 283 - Spring 285 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo Elpis was the Greek personification of Hope. According the Hesiod's famous story, Elpis was the last to escape the Pandora's box. It can be debated whether she was really about "hope" as we understand it, or rather mere "expectation." In art, Elpis is normally depicted carrying flowers or a cornucopia, but on coins she is almost invariably depicted holding a flower in her extended right, while the left is raising a fold of her dress. Elpis's Roman equivalent was Spes. She was also named "ultima dea" - the last resort of men.

RX58108. Billon tetradrachm, Milne 4701; Geissen 3177; Curtis 1917; Dattari 5584; SNG Cop 952; BMC Alexandria p. 317, 2454; Kampmann 115.10; Emmett 4007, VF, weight 7.244 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 283 - 28 Aug 284 A.D.; obverse A K M A KAPINOC CEB, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse Elpis standing left, flower in right hand, raising fold of chiton with left, L - B (year 2) flanking across field; $40.00 (30.00)

Carinus, First Half 283 - Spring 285 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo Tyche (Greek for luck; the Roman equivalent was Fortuna) was the presiding tutelary deity that governed the fortune and prosperity of a city, its destiny. Increasingly during the Hellenistic period, cities had their own specific iconic version of Tyche, wearing a mural crown (a crown like the walls of the city).
RX71223. Billon tetradrachm, Milne 4667; Curtis 1929; Geissen 3172; Dattari 5576; BMC Alexandria p. 317, 2448; Kampmann 115.3; Emmett 4012, F, highlighting patina, weight 7.943 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, as caesar, 29 Aug 282 - first half 283 A.D.; obverse AK M A KAPINOC K, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse Tyche standing left, rudder in right hand, cornucopia in left, LA (year 1) above left; $40.00 (30.00)

Carinus, First Half 283 - Spring 285 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo Elpis was the Greek equivalent of the Roman Spes, the goddess of hope. She was traditionally defined as "the last goddess" (Spes, ultima dea), meaning that hope is the last resource available to men. Elpis personified hope for good harvests, and for children, and was invoked at births, marriages, and other important times.
BB71222. Billon tetradrachm, Milne 4701; Geissen 3177; Curtis 1917; Dattari 5584; SNG Cop 952; BMC Alexandria p. 317, 2454; Kampmann 115.10; Emmett 4007, F, weight 8.020 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 283 - 28 Aug 284 A.D.; obverse A K M A KAPINOC CEB, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse Elpis standing left, flower in right hand, raising fold of chiton with left, L - B (year 2) flanking across field; $20.00 (15.00)


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