CARINUS, as Caesar.
|Sale: Triton VII, Lot: 1032. Estimate $15000.
Closing Date: Monday, 12 January 2004.
Sold For $13000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
282-283 AD. AV Aureus (4.72 gm). Siscia mint. Struck 282 AD. M AVR CARINVS NOB CAES, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield, shield decorated with a horseman thrusting a spear at a kneeling enemy / MARS V-LTOR, Mars advancing right, holding spear in right hand, shield in left. RIC V 188; Pink VI/2, pg. 42; Hunter -; Calicó 4349; Cohen 50. FDC. Very rare. [See color enlargement on plate 18] ($15,000)
When the emperor Carus assumed the purple, he elevated his sons, Carinus and Numerian to the rank of Caesar. Carus left Carinus in command of the western half of the empire while he and Numerian travelled east to campaign against the Sasanian Persians. During this time, Carinus successfully led campaigns against the Germans and Britons, who tried to take advantage of the emperor's absence. These elaborately detailed aureii, both dateable to 282 AD, with their overt miliatry and victory types, respectively, were likely issued in conjuction with these successful campaigns.