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Lot 93

Estimate: 17'500 CHF   |   Starting price: 14'000 CHF Price realized: 15'000 CHF
Carinus caesar, 282 – 283. Aureus, Antiochia 283, AV 4.59 g. IMP C M AVR CARINVS NOB C Laureate and cuirassed bust r., wearing consular mantel. Rev. VICTOR – IAE – AVGG Victory advancing r., holding wreath in r. hand and palm branch in l.; in exergue, SMA. C –. RIC –, cf. Carus 122 and Numerian 374 (this reverse die). Calicó 4393b (these dies). cf. NAC & Spink-Taisei, The Gilbert Steinberg Collection, 733.
Exceedingly rare, apparently only the third specimen known. An unusual and interesting
portrait struck on a very large flan. A few edge marks, otherwise extremely fine


Sold by Numismatik Lanz, Munich, auction 44, 16 May 1988, lot 805.

Sold by Gerhard Hirsch Nachf., Munich, auction 214, 15-17 February 2001, lot 1805.

Sold by Numismatica Genevensis S.A., Geneva, auction IV, 11-12 December 2006, lot 247.

Sold by Numismatica Ars Classica, Zürich, auction 52, 7 October 2009, lot 576.

This important discovery almost completes the 283 Antiochene gold coinage of Carus augustus and Carinus and Numerian Caesares and Augusti, only Carus Augustus waiting to be found with this reverse. Carinus Caesar is shown with ornamenta consularia as he was COS I with his father this year, indicating that it was not until a little while after the capture of Ctesiphon, the event the coin clearly celebrates, that he and his brother were raised by Carus to the Augustate, perhaps simultaneously.

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