Roman Imperial coin, bronze, (AE) Billon antoninianus. Struck during the reign of Marcus Aurelius Carinus Augustus, 283-285 C.E. The radiate and cuirassed bust of Carinus faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "IMP CARINVS P F AVG" surrounding image. Slight oxidation around crown and part of inscription at top. On reverse, the standing figure of Fides Militum, the goddess and personification of the loyalty of the army, faces left and holds a standard in each hand with the inscriptions "FIDES MILITVM" surrounding image. Obverse and reverse slightly off struck.
Date range: 283-285 C.E.
Remarks: The elder son of Carus, Carinus was born about 249 C.E. and was given the rank of Caesar soon after his father's accession. When his father and his younger brother set out for the Eastern frontier early in 283, Carinus was left in Rome to look after the government of the Western provinces, and in July or August of the same year he was raised to the rank of Augustus. Early in 285 he left Rome to meet the challenge of Marcus Aurelius Julianus who, after having been proclaimed emperor in Pannonia, was marching against Italy. Carinus defeated him near Verona, but then had to advance against Diocletian who had been proclaimed emperor by the Eastern army following the death of Numerian. In the ensuing conflict Carinus was victorious, but soon afterwards he was murdered by one of his own officers, and the Empire fell into the hands of Diocletian.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values", (Vol III, 2005), #12344, pg 515
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