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ERIC Table of Contents


Title Page

Introduction

About Roman Coins

Denominations

Coins of Other Ancient Cultures

Identifying Roman Coins

How To Use This Book

Mintmarks

Mint Map

Pricing And Grading

Bibliography

Reference Catalogs Cited

Coin Terms Used

Glossary

Rarity Tables

Index of Rulers

Photography Credits

Additional Web Resources

Imperial Catalog:

AUGUSTUS
LIVA
AGRIPPA
NERO CLAUDIUS DRUSUS
GERMANICUS
AGRIPPINA I
TIBERIUS
DRUSUS
ANTONIA
CALIGULA
CLAUDIUS I
BRITANNICUS
AGRIPPINA II
NERO
GALBA
CLODIUS MACER
OTHO
VITELLIUS
VESPASIAN
DOMITILLA
TITUS
DOMITIAN
DOMITIA
JULIA TITI
NERVA
TRAJAN
PLOTINA
MARCIANA
MATIDIA
HADRIAN
SABINA
AELIUS
ANTONINUS PIUS
FAUSTINA I
MARCUS AURELIUS
FAUSTINA II
LUCIUS VERUS
LUCILLA
COMMODUS
CRISPINA
PERTINAX
DIDIUS JULIANUS
MANLIA SCANTILLA
DIDIA CLARA
PESCENNIUS NIGER
CLODIUS ALBINUS
SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS
JULIA DOMNA
CARACALLA
PLAUTILLA
GETA
MACRINUS
DIADUMENIAN
ELAGABALUS
JULIA MAESA
JULIA SOAEMIAS
JULIA PAULA
AQUILIA SEVERA
ANNIA FAUSTINA
SEVERUS ALEXANDER
JULIA MAMAEA
ORBIANA
MAXIMINUS I
PAULINA
MAXIMUS
GORDIAN I
GORDIAN II
BALBINUS
PUPIENUS
GORDIAN III
TRANQUILLINA
PHILIP I
OTACILIA SEVERA
PHILIP II
PACATIAN
JOTAPIAN
TRAJAN DECIUS
HERENNIA ETRUSCILLA
HERENNIUS ETRUSCUS
HOSTILIAN
TREBONIANUS GALLUS
VOLUSIAN
AEMILIAN
CORNELIA SUPERA
SILBANNACUS
URANIUS ANTONINUS
VALERIAN I
MARINIANA
VALERIAN II
GALLIENUS
SALONINA
SALONINUS
REGALIANUS
DRYANTILLA
POSTUMUS
LAELIANUS
MARIUS
VICTORINUS
DOMITIAN II
TETRICUS I
TETRICUS II
QUIETUS
MACRIANUS
CLAUDIUS II
QUINTILLUS
AURELIAN
SEVERINA
ZENOBIA
VABALATHUS
TACITUS
FLORIAN
PROBUS
SATURNINUS
CARUS
CARINUS
MAGNIA URBICA
NIGRIAN
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JULIAN I
DIOCLETIAN
MAXIMIAN
CARAUSIUS
ALLECTUS
DOMITIUS DOMITIANUS
CONSTANTIUS I
THEODORA
GALERIUS
GALERIA VALERIA
SEVERUS II
MAXENTIUS
ROMULUS
CONSTANTINE I
HELENA
FAUSTA
ALEXANDER
LICINIUS I
CONSTANTIA
MAXIMINUS II
LICINIUS II
CRISPUS
VALERIUS VALENS
MARTINIAN
CONSTANTINE II
DELMATIUS
HANNIBALLIANUS
CONSTANS
CONSTANTIUS II
MAGNENTIUS
DECENTIUS
NEPOTIAN
VETRANO
CONSTANTIUS GALLUS
JULIAN II
JOVIAN
VALENTINIAN I
VALENS
PROCOPIUS
GRATIAN
VALENTINIAN II
THEODOSIUS I
AELIA FLACCILLA
MAGNUS MAXIMINUS
FLAVIUS VICTOR
EUGENIUS
HONORIUS
CONSTANTINE III
CONSTANS II
MAXIMINUS
PRISCUS ATTALUS
JOVINUS
SABASTIANUS
CONSTANTIUS III
GALLA PLACIDIA
JOHANNES
VALENTINIAN III
LICINIA EUDOXIA
HONORIA
PETRONIUS MAXIMINUS
AVITUS
MAJORIAN
LIBIUS SEVERUS
ANTHEMIUS
EUPHEMIA
ANICIUS OLYBRIUS
GLYCERIUS
JULIUS NEPOS
ROMULUS AUGUSTUS
ARCADIUS
EUDOXIA
PULCHERIA
THEODOSIUS II
EUDOCIA
MARCIAN
LEO I
VERINA
LEO II
ZENO
ARIADNE
BASILISCUS
ZENONIS
LEONTIUS I
ANASTASIUS I
ANONYMOUS COINAGE

ERIC The Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins
by Rasiel Suarez


Macrinus 

Augustus 217-218 

Macrinus was well respected in the military circles and he eventually gained the position of Praetorian Prefect under Caracalla, which was the highest military position short of Imperator (otherwise equivalent to Emperor). In the spring of 217 it is believed that Caracalla consulted a soothsayer who told him the next emperor would be Macrinus. As soon as Macrinus heard of this, he understood that Caracalla would kill him at the first chance he got just to remove any validity to the prophecy. Gaining the support of his closest guardsmen, a plot to assassinate Caracalla was put together as a preemptive strike and the assassination was carried out successfully. He was then hailed as Augustus by the army and soon after by the Senate.  
But Macrinus would prove a weak leader. He had no choice but to introduce lower pay scales for the army and settled for a demeaning peace against the Parthians. This one-two punch engendered a great deal of dissatisfaction at home and abroad and gave birth to a rebellion headed by the teenager Elagalabus. Macrinus moved to quell the revolt but was defeated and forced to flee. Unluckily for him, he was found, captured and executed. 
 
Despite being a “short-termer” as far as imperial tenures go, Macrinus had enough coins minted in his name that today finding one is a rather easy affair. Call it a benefit of the troubled times. As it takes a massive amount of money to wage war, in his case a civil war no less, there’s a correspondingly higher incidence of them having survived the melting pot. 
 
So as with the rest of the emperors around this time period, the Denarius is still king despite the recent introduction of the Antoninianus which would eventually replace it as the principal form of Roman money. MacrinusDenarii can today be found for $75-$150 a piece on Ebay or about double that at a coin shop. He also made the Antoninianus too which is far scarcer but not appreciably more expensive. Other denominations, particularly the bronzes, are sometimes offered for sale but with the exception of the very worn or coins with other problems they tend to be pricey items usually sold via established auction houses.  

Busts: 

1) Laureate, cuirassed bust right 
2) Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right 
3) Laureate, draped bust right 
4) Radiate, cuirassed bust right 
5) Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right 
6) Radiate, draped bust right 

 

Obverses: 

 
1) IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG 
2) IMP CA ES M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG 
3) M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG 

 

Reverses: 

 
3) COS II 
5) FIDES MIL PM TR P 
6) FIDES MILITVM 
11) PM TR P II COS PP 
12) PONT MAX TR P COS PP 
13) PONTIF MAX TR P COS PP 
14) PONTIF MAX TR P II 
15) PONTIF MAX TR P II COS II 
16) PONTIF MAX TR P II COS II PP 
17) PONTIF MAX TR P II COS PP 
18) PONTIF MAX TR P PP 
21) SALVS PVBL PM TR P  
24) VICT PART PM TR P II COS II PP 
27) VOTA PVBL PM TR P 

 

Types: 

 
1) Aequitas standing left, holding scale and cornucopia 
2) Annona seated left, holding grain ears and cornucopia 
3) Annona seated left, holding grain ears over modius and cornucopia 
4) Annona standing left, holding grain ears over modius and cornucopia 
5) Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopia 
6) Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and scepter 
7) Fides standing, facing, holding two standards in each hand 
8) Fides standing, facing,stepping on helmet,  holding standard in each hand 
9) Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt and scepter 
10) Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt and scepter; Macrinus to left 
11) Liberalitas standing left, holding coin counter and cornucopia 
12) Macrinus and Diadumenian seated left on platform, Liberalitas to left, soldier behind and citizen below 
13) Macrinus riding quadriga left, holding branch and scepter with eagle atop, being crowned by Victory to right, holding palm 
14) Macrinus seated left, holding globe and scepter 
15) Macrinus standing left, sacrificing over altar and holding scepter 
16) Providentia standing left, holding wand over globe and cornucopia 
17) Salus seated left, feeding snake on altar and holding scepter 
18) Securitas seated left, holding scepter and resting head on hand; altar to left 
19) Securitas standing left, leaning on column and with legs crossed, holding scepter 
20) Victory advancing left holding a wreath in each hand; shield on column on either side 
21) Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm 
22) Victory seated right, holding shield 
23) Victory standing, holding wreath and palm 

 

Mint: 

 
1) Roma 

 
 
AU Aureus Reference(s) 
 
1) B1, O1, R04, T05 RIC IVii 57, BMC 61 
2) B2, O1, R11, T04 RIC IVii 25, C 46 
3) B2, O1, R13, T09 RIC IVii 16, BMC 30 

 
AR Antoninianus Reference(s) 
 
4) B4, O1, R04, T06 RIC IVii 63, C 20a 
5) B4, O1, R06, T07 RIC IVii 69 
6) B4, O1, R08, T10 RIC IVii 77e, C 38 
7) B4, O1, R22, T17 RIC IVii 88 
8) B4, O1, R23, T18 RIC IVii 95, S 7325 
9) B5, O1, R08, T10  

 
 
10) B1, O1, R02, T03 RIC IVii 55b, C 8 
11) B1, O1, R04, T05 RIC IVii 59, S 7332 
12) B1, O1, R06, T07 RIC IVii 68, S 7334 
13) B1, O1, R08, T09 RIC IVii 72, C 33 
14) B1, O1, R08, T09 RIC IVii 73c, S 7338 
15) B1, O1, R08, T10 RIC IVii 76c, S 7337, C 37 
16) B1, O1, R13, T05 RIC IVii 32 
17) B1, O1, R13, T08 RIC IVii 22, S 7345 
18) B1, O1, R13, T09 RIC IVii 15, S 7342 
19) B1, O1, R13, T17 RIC IVii 23, S 7343 
20) B1, O1, R13, T19 RIC IVii 24, S 7347, C 61 
21) B1, O1, R16, T19 RIC IVii 46, C 98 
22) B1, O1, R18, T05 RIC IVii 4, C 79 
23) B1, O1, R18, T09 RIC IVii 2, C 70 
24) B1, O1, R22, T17 RIC IVii 84, C 114 
25) B1, O1, R23, T18 RIC IVii 94b, C 128 
26) B1, O1, R23, T19 RIC IVii 91 
27) B1, O1, R24, T21 RIC IVii 49, C 137 
28) B1, O1, R27, T06 RIC IVii 6b, C 147 
29) B1, O1, R27, T10 RIC IVii 5b, C 142a 
30) B2, O1, R19, T16 RIC IVii 80a, C 108 
31) B3, O1, R01, T01 RIC IVii 53, S 7329, C 2 
32) B3, O1, R06, T08 RIC IVii 67c, C 23 
33) B3, O1, R11, T04 RIC IVii 26, S 7340 
34) B3, O1, R11, T04 RIC IVii 39, C 102 
35) B3, O1, R11, T14 RIC IVii 27, S 7341, C 51 

 
 
36) B1, O2, R18, T05 RIC IVii 121 
37) B1, O2, R22, T17 Exe: SC RIC IVii 198, C 117 
38) B1, O2, R23, T19 RIC IVii 21, C 123 
39) B2, O2, R02, T03 Exe: SC RIC IVii 169 
40) B2, O2, R13, T03 RIC IVii 137, C 58 
41) B2, O2, R13, T09 RIC IVii 136 
42) B2, O2, R18, T09 RIC IVii 119, C 72 

 
AE As 
 
43) B1, O2, R14, T13 Exe: COS II PP RIC IVii 162, C 107 
44) B1, O2, R16, T05 RIC IVii 156, C 94 
45) B1, O2, R16, T09 RIC IVii 154, C 90 

 
 

Macrinus Busts 

Macrinus Types