Numerian (December AD 283 - November AD 284)

Marcus Aurelius Numerius Numerianus ruled together with his brother Carinus. They were sons of Carus, a Gaul raised to the office of praetorian prefect under Emperor Probus in 282 AD. In 282, the legions of the upper Danube in Raetia and Noricum proclaimed Numerian's father, the praetorian prefect Marcus Aurelius Carus, emperor, beginning a rebellion against the emperor Probus. Probus' army, stationed in Sirmium (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia), decided they did not wish to fight Carus, and assassinated Probus instead. Carus, already sixty, wished to establish a dynasty; and immediately elevated Carinus and Numerian to the rank of Caesar. Carus' death left Numerian and Carinus as the new Augusti.

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Numerian 'Emperor and Jupiter' Antoninianus 016979

Numerian 'Emperor and Jupiter' Antoninianus
Bronze, 2.77 grams, 22.27 mm. Cyzicus. 283-284 AD. Obverse: IMP C NVMERIANVS PF AVG, radiate and draped bust right. Reverse: CLEMENTIA TEMP, Numerian standing right, holding sceptre, receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter. Delta in lower centre, mintmark XXI in exergue. RIC V-2, 463; Sear 12243. Almost extremely fine.

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Numerian 'Emperor and Jupiter' Antoninianus 016979


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