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Numerian, February or March 283 - October or November 284 A.D.

Numerian was the son of Carus and was raised to the rank of Caesar after his father's accession. During the campaign against the Persians he was declared co-emperor by his father, and after Carus' death led the Roman army back into Roman territory. Near Heraclea, Numerian was discovered murdered in his litter.

|Numerian|, |Numerian,| |February| |or| |March| |283| |-| |October| |or| |November| |284| |A.D.||antoninianus|
Virtus was a specific virtue in ancient Rome. It carried connotations of valor, manliness, excellence, courage, character, and worth, perceived as masculine strengths (from Latin vir, "man"). Virtus applied exclusively to a man's behavior in the public sphere, that is to the application of duty to the res publica in the cursus honorum. Private business was no place to earn virtus, even when it involved courage or feats of arms or other good qualities. There could be no virtue in exploiting one's manliness in the pursuit of personal wealth, for example. It was thus a frequently stated virtue of Roman emperors and was personified as the deity Virtus.
RA93345. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 378 (S); Cohen VI 115; SRCV III 12225; Pink p. 55, emission 2; Hunter IV 14 var. (9th officina), VF, well centered, highlighting light deposits and encrustations, scattered porosity, minor edge flaw, weight 3.946 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 180o, 7th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, as Caesar, Nov/Dec 282 - Feb/Mar 283 A.D; obverse IMP C M AVR NVMERIANVS NOB C, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse VIRTVS AVGGG (valor of the three emperors), emperor, on left, standing right, scepter in left hand, with right hand receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter (or Carus), Jupiter (or Carus) standing left, offering Victory on globe with right hand, long scepter in left hand, star above center, Z low center, XXI in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; scarce; $90.00 (€73.80)
 


|Numerian|, |Numerian,| |February| |or| |March| |283| |-| |October| |or| |November| |284| |A.D.||antoninianus|
Consular busts are scarce for this dynasty.
RA93244. Billon antoninianus, Bastien 562 (3 spec. cited), RIC V-2 -, Cohen VI -, SRCV III -, Hunter V -, La Venèra -, Choice aVF, well centered, flow lines, tiny encrustations, scattered light porosity, weight 3.080 g, maximum diameter 22.85 mm, die axis 0o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 6th emission, c. 284 A.D.; obverse IMP C NVMERIANVS AVG, radiate bust wearing imperial mantle right, eagle-tipped scepter in right hand; reverse MARS VICTOR (Mars the Victor), Mars advancing right, nude except for helmet and cloak tied in belt at waist and flying behind, transverse spear in right hand, trophy over left shoulder in left hand, C in right field; very rare; $370.00 (€303.40)
 


|Numerian|, |Numerian,| |February| |or| |March| |283| |-| |October| |or| |November| |284| |A.D.||antoninianus|
 
SH04155. Billon antoninianus, Hunter 1V 1 (also KAA); RIC V-2 424; La Venèra 3768 - 3773; Pink VI-2, p. 38, series 5; SRCV III 12407, Cohen VI 10, Choice VF+, weight 3.88 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Rome mint, Nov 284 - summer 285 A.D.; obverse DIVO NVMERIANO, radiate head right; reverse CONSECRATIO, eagle standing facing head left, wings spread, KAA in exergue; from the Aiello Collection; SOLD










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DIVONVMERIANO
IMPCNVMERIANVSAVG
IMPCNVMERIANVSPFAVG
IMPNVMERIANVSAVG
IMPNVMERIANVSPFAVG
MAVRNVMERIANVSNOBC
NVMERIANVSNOBCAES


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