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Obverse of 283-285 Carinus Antoninianus
Obverse of 283-285 Carinus Antoninianus - Aeternitas

Reverse of 283-285 Carinus Antoninianus
Reverse of 283-285 Carinus Antoninianus - Aeternitas

Obverse of 283-285 Carinus Antoninianus
Obverse of 283-285 Carinus Antoninianus - Aequitas

Reverse of 283-285 Carinus Antoninianus
Reverse of 283-285 Carinus Antoninianus - Aequitas

Carinus 282 283 (Caesar) 283 285 (Augustus)
Carinus was the son of the Carus, commander of the Praetorian guard under Probus. Carinus was appointed Caesar when his father succeeded Probus when the latter was murdered in 282.

Reign
The Emperor Carus left Carinus in charge of the West as he departed for the East with his other son Numerian to campaign against the Sassanids. Carinus campaigned with some success against marauding barbarians in Germania.
In 283, Carinus' father died, leaving Numerian in charge of the East. Carinus left his legate in charge of Roman forces on the Rhine and travel back to Rome. In 284 Numerian died (possibly murdered) in Syria whilst leading Roman forces back to Italy. Diocletian took command of Roman forces in the East and prepared to take them back to challenge Carinus for the Purple.
In 285, the armies of Diocletian and Carinus met near the Margus River in Serbia. Carinus appeared to be gaining the upper hand during the subsequent battle, but he was murdered by some of his own officers during the clash, and his forces then defected to Diocletian.

Legacy
According to ancient sources, Carinus was a debauched and depraved emperor notorious for his cruelty and lust, particularly for the young of both sexes. His murder was said to have been perpetrated by an officer whose wife he had raped. However, these stories must be treated carefully, as they may have been derived from the propaganda of the victorious Diocletan, who also subjected Carinus to the Damnatio Memoraie after Carinus' death.
Carnius coins consist mostly of antoninianii, along with gold aureii, bronze quinarii, semis, asses and even denarii.*

*The classification of these coins as denarii is controversial.

Reverse - Aeternitas
Depicts Aeternitas (Eternity), who represents stability and continuity, something that was considerably lacking at this point in Roman History, when Roman Emperors and Usurpers frequently overthrew and murdered their predecessors, only to suffer the same fate themselves shortly afterwards.

Reverse - Aequitas
Depicts Aequitas (Equity), who represents justice, equality, conformity, symmetry, or fairness, holding scales and cornucopiae.

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