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Superb Artistic Carinus Aureus


Carinus. As Caesar, AD 282-283. AV Aureus (19mm, 4.37 g, 6h). Siscia mint. 1st emission, November AD 282. M AVR CARINV S NOV CAES, laureate and cuirassed bust right / VICTO RIA AVG, wingless Victory standing left on glove, holding wreath in extended right hand, trophy in left. RIC V 190; Pink VI/2, p. 42; Calicó 4372; Hunter –. Superb EF, light red in devices with faint blue toning in fields.

Ex Triton VII (12 January 2004), lot 1033.

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 military and Victory types, respectively, were likely issued in conjunction with these successful campaigns.