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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Roman Coins| ▸ |Recovery of the Empire| ▸ |Carinus||View Options:  |  |  | 

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.

|Carinus|, |Carinus,| |First| |Half| |283| |-| |Spring| |285| |A.D.||antoninianus|
This reverse announces that Carinus, who has the world in his hands, is bringing an age of good fortune.
RA71344. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 152, Bastien 492; Hunter IV 13; Cohen VI 117; Pink VI-2, p. 22; SRCV III 12305, Choice aEF, fantastic style, perfect centering, weight 4.691 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 2nd emission of Carus, Oct 282 A.D.; obverse CARINVS NOBIL CAES, radiate and cuirassed bust left, spear (or scepter?) over shoulder in right, shield ornamented with head of gorgoneion in left; reverse SAECVLI FELICITAS (era of good fortune), Carinus standing right, transverse spear in right, globe in left hand, D right; beautiful coin!; SOLD


|Carinus|, |Carinus,| |First| |Half| |283| |-| |Spring| |285| |A.D.||antoninianus|
The first of Herakles' twelve labors, set by his cousin King Eurystheus, was to slay the Nemean lion and bring back its skin. It could not be killed with mortal weapons because its golden fur was impervious to attack. Its claws were sharper than swords and could cut through any armor. Herakles stunned the beast with his club and, using his immense strength, strangled it to death. During the fight, the lion bit off one of his fingers. After slaying the lion, he tried to skin it with a knife but failed. Wise Athena, noticing the hero's plight, told him to use one of the lion's own claws to skin the pelt.
SH12457. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 271, Cohen VI 191, Venèra 3262 - 82 (21 spec), Hunter IV 24, Choice gVF, weight 3.555 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 180o, 7th officina, Rome mint, 283 - 284 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR CARINVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVTI AVGG (to the valor of the two emperors), Hercules standing left, resting right hand on club, bow in left hand, lion skin over left arm, KAZ in exergue; ex Harlan Berk; scarce; SOLD


Carinus, First Half 283 - Spring 285 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Carinus,| |First| |Half| |283| |-| |Spring| |285| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||tetradrachm|
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 hand, and raising a fold of her dress with her left hand. Elpis' Roman equivalent was Spes. She was also named "ultima dea" - the last resort of men.

RX42722. Billon tetradrachm, Geissen 3180; Dattari 5585; Milne 4721; Curtis 1919; SNG Cop 954; BMC Alexandria p. 317, 2453; Kampmann 115.10; Emmett 4007.2 (R1), Choice gVF, well centered, excellent portrait, edge crack, round flan with typical slightly ragged edge, weight 8.168 g, maximum diameter 18.9 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 (hope) walking left, flower in extended right hand, lifting hem of chiton with left hand, star right, L - B (year 2) flanking across field; SOLD







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REFERENCES|

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Milani, L. Il ripositglio della Venèra, Monete romane della seconda meta del terzo secolo. (Rome, 1880).
Pink, K. "Der Aufbau der Römischen münzprägung in der Kaiserzeit: VI/2. Carus und Söhne" in Numismatische Zeitschrift 80 (1963).
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