ROMAN EMPIRE, Carinus, 283-285 AD, antoninianius


ROMAN EMPIRE, Carinus, 283-285 AD, antoninianius, 283 AD, Lugdunum mint, officina 1, Obverse: radiate bust R, IMP C M AVR CARINVS AVG, Reverse: Aequitas standing L holding scales & cornucopia, AEQVITAS AVGG, A, billon, 20-23mm, 3.72g, SR12339, reverse a bit weak & lightly pitted., XF+/aXF

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Carinus was the older son of Carus, elevated first to Caesar, then to Augustus. When Carus died, Carinus carried on briefly before being murdered by his officers.

The Roman Empire was a system of theoretically constrained autocracy. The Emperor was supposed to be accepted by the Senate, which was supposed to be representing the people. It became difficult to restrain the autocrats. The succession problem was never solved. Many Emperors were murdered. In the 4th century AD the Empire was split for administrative purposes into eastern and western branches, the west devolving into local kingdoms in the 5th century AD, while the eastern branch continued as what we call the Byzantine Empire until 1453.

“Ancient Coins” includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.