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Numerian, February or March 283 - October or November 284 A.D.

Numerian was the son of Carus and was raised to the rank of Caesar after his father's accession. During the campaign against the Persians he was declared co-emperor by his father, and after Carus' death led the Roman army back into Roman territory. Near Heraclea, Numerian was discovered murdered in his litter.


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Numerian was the son of Carus and was raised to the rank of Caesar after his father's accession. During the campaign against the Persians he was declared co-emperor by his father, and after Carus' death led the Roman army back into Roman territory. Near Heraclea, Numerian was discovered murdered in his litter.
RA87844. Billon antoninianus, Hunter 1V 1 (also KAA); RIC V-2 424; La Venèra 3768 - 3773; Pink VI-2, p. 38, series 5; SRCV III 12407, Cohen VI 10, aVF, bumps and scratches, corrosion, weight 3.864 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Rome mint, Nov 284 - summer 285 A.D.; obverse DIVO NVMERIANO, radiate head right; reverse CONSECRATIO, eagle standing facing, head left, tail left, wings spread, KAA in exergue; $135.00 SALE |PRICE| $122.00
 


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Virtus was a specific virtue in ancient Rome. It carried connotations of valor, manliness, excellence, courage, character, and worth, perceived as masculine strengths (from Latin vir, "man"). Virtus applied exclusively to a man's behavior in the public sphere, that is to the application of duty to the res publica in the cursus honorum. Private business was no place to earn virtus, even when it involved courage or feats of arms or other good qualities. There could be no virtue in exploiting one's manliness in the pursuit of personal wealth, for example. It was thus a frequently stated virtue of Roman emperors and was personified as the deity Virtus.
RA91618. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 378 (S); Cohen VI 115; SRCV III 12225; Pink p. 55, emission 2; Hunter IV 14 var. (9th officina), Choice VF, excellent centering, porous, light corrosion, small edge, weight 4.008 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 180o, 7th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, as caesar, Nov/Dec 282 - Feb/Mar 283 A.D; obverse IMP C M AVR NVMERIANVS NOB C, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse VIRTVS AVGGG (valor of the three emperors), emperor, on left, standing right, scepter in left hand, with right hand receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter (or Carus), Jupiter (or Carus) standing left, offering Victory on globe with right hand, long scepter in left hand, star above center, Z low center, XXI in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; scarce; $50.00 SALE |PRICE| $45.00
 


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Mercury is the messenger of the gods. Hermes to the Greeks, an Olympian god, he is also the patron of boundaries and of the travelers who cross them, of shepherds and cowherds, of thieves and road travelers, of orators and wit, of literature and poets, of athletics, of weights and measures, of invention, of general commerce, and of the cunning of thieves and liars. His symbols include the tortoise, the rooster, the winged sandals, and the caduceus.
RA91634. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 416; Cohen VI 57; SRCV III 12250; Pink p. 34, emission 3b; Hunter IV 22, F, well centered, encrustations, weight 2.804 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Rome mint, 283 A.D.; obverse IMP NVMERIANVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse PIETAS AVGG (to the piety of the two emperors), Mercury standing left, wearing petasus, nude but for cloak over left arm, purse in right hand, caduceus in left hand, KA∆ in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $50.00 SALE |PRICE| $45.00
 


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SH04155. Billon antoninianus, Hunter 1V 1 (also KAA); RIC V-2 424; La Venèra 3768 - 3773; Pink VI-2, p. 38, series 5; SRCV III 12407, Cohen VI 10, Choice VF+, weight 3.88 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Rome mint, Nov 284 - summer 285 A.D.; obverse DIVO NVMERIANO, radiate head right; reverse CONSECRATIO, eagle standing facing head left, wings spread, KAA in exergue; from the Aiello Collection; SOLD







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DIVONVMERIANO
IMPCNVMERIANVSAVG
IMPCNVMERIANVSPFAVG
IMPNVMERIANVSAVG
IMPNVMERIANVSPFAVG
MAVRNVMERIANVSNOBC
NVMERIANVSNOBCAES


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Milani, L. Il ripositglio della Venèra, Monete romane della seconda meta del terzo secolo. (Rome, 1880).
Pink, K. "Der Aufbau der Römischen münzprägung in der Kaiserzeit: VI/2. Carus und Söhne" in Numismatische Zeitschrift 80 (1963).
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