Carinus

Numerian 283 – 284 A.D.

Son of Carus and brother of Carinus, Numerian's brief stint as emperor started when he along with his father set out for war against the Sassanians in Persia (Iran). Under mysterious circumstances Carus was incinerated in his tent just prior to the military encounter of the two armies. The official explanation was that the tent had been stricken by lightning but this has been interpreted as much too convenient. As the battle was called off and the army was returning Numerian, too, was found dead in his quarters. This time a hasty investigation was started and the Praetorian Prefect, a certain Aper,...

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Nigrinian ? – c.285 A.D

Son of Carinus. All coins are posthumous.   AE Antoninianus (Posthumous) RIC 472 (Numerian), C 2 Antoninianus Obv: DIVONIGRINIANO - Radiate head right. Rev: CONSECRATIO - Eagle. November 284 (Rome). RIC 474 (Numerian), C 3 Antoninianus Obv: DIVONIGRINIANO - Radiate head right. Rev: CONSECRATIO - Altar. November 284 (Rome).

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Magnia Urbica ? A.D

Wife of Carinus.   AU Aureus RIC 336, C 10 Aureus Obv: MAGNIAVRBICAAVG - Diademed, draped bust right. Rev: VENVSGENETRIX - Venus standing left, holding apple and scepter. July 284 (Lugdunum). $11,000 1/12/04. RIC 340, C 8 Aureus Obv: MAGNIAVRBICAAVG - Diademed, draped bust right. Rev: VENERIVICTRICI - Venus standing right, pulling dress off shoulder and holding apple. c.283 (Rome). $12,222 12/5/02. RIC 348, C 1 Aureus Obv: MAGNIAEVRBICAEAVG - Diademed, draped bust right. Rev: CONCORDIAAVGG - Concordia seated left, holding patera and two cornucopiae. c.283 (Siscia)....

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Carinus 283 – 285 A.D.

Carinus became Caesar along with his brother Numerian soon after their father, Carus, arrived to the throne. When war broke out with the Persians, Carus elevated both sons and all three held the same title. Carus took Numerian along with him to war and both perished leaving him as the sole surviving emperor. He was a hated emperor with sources citing unprovoked murders within the Senate and entertained in every sordid vice he could indulge without any care of the welfare of anyone else. His brief reign recalled all the hated excesses of Gallienus of some twenty years before. In fact, Gibbon, the most...

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