Carinus (283 - 285 AD)

He fought with success against the Quadi tribes, but soon left the defence of the Upper Rhine to his legates and returned to Rome, where he abandoned himself to all kinds of debauchery and excess. He also celebrated the ludi Romani on a scale of unexampled magnificence. After the death of Carus, the army in the East demanded to be led back to Europe, and Numerian, the younger son of Carus, was forced to comply. During a halt at Chalcedon, Numerian was found dead, and Diocletian, commander of the body-guards, who had claimed that Numerian had been assassinated, was proclaimed emperor by the soldiers. Carinus at once left Rome and set out for the East to meet Diocletian. On his way through Pannonia he put down the usurper Sabinus Iulianus, and encountered the army of Diocletian in Moesia. Carinus was successful in several engagements, and at the Battle of the Margus River (Morava), according to one account, the valour of his troops had gained the day, when he was assassinated by a tribune whose wife he had seduced. Carinus has the reputation of having been one of the worst of the emperors.

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Carinus 'Felicitas' Antoninianus 025947

Carinus 'Felicitas' Antoninianus
Bronze, 3.55 grams, 21.96 mm. Ticinum. 283-285 AD. Obverse: IMP CARINVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: FELICIT PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus, and leaning left elbow on column, mintmark QXXI. RIC V-2, 295; Cohen 24; Sear 12343. Near extremely fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com

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Carinus 'Victory' Antoninianus 026241

Scarce Carinus 'Victory' Antoninianus
Billon, 4.05 grams. 283-285 AD. Lyons. Obverse: IMP CARINVS dot P dot F dot AVG, radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right. Reverse: VICTORIA AVGG, Victory walking left, holding wreath and palm, A in left field. Bastien 612; RIC V-2, 220 variant (dots in obverse legend); Sear 12358 variant. Extremely fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com

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RSC = Seaby, H A    Roman Silver Coinage
RCV = Sear, David R    Roman Coins and Their Values
Cr = Crawford, Michael    The Roman Republican Coinage
SB = Sear, David R    Byzantine Coins and Their Values
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