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283 AD Roman Billon Antoninianus (VF) Numerian MARS VICTOR Lugdunum Mint RIC-388


283 AD Roman Billon Antoninianus (VF) Numerian MARS VICTOR Lugdunum Mint RIC-388

  • 283 AD Roman Empire Billon Antoninianus Coin
  • Issued under the rule of Numerian, the joint 49th Emperor of the Roman Empire (282-284 AD)
    • Numerian was Roman Emperor from 282 to 284 with his older brother Carinus; they were sons of Carus, a general raised to the office of praetorian prefect under Emperor Probus in 282
  • Obverse features a radiate and cuirassed bust of the emperor, facing right, with the legend "IMP C NVMERIANVS AVG"
  • Reverse depicts a naked Mars carrying spear and trophy, advancing right, with the legend "MARS VICTOR"
    • Mars was the god of war and also an agricultural guardian, a combination characteristic of early Rome
    • He was second in importance only to Jupiter and was the most prominent of the military gods in the religion of the Roman army
  • Minted in Lugdunum, Gaul (Lyons, France)
  • Struck from billon (copper or bronze with a small quantity of silver)
  • Diameter: 22 mm
  • Weight: 3.7 grams
  • Condition: Ungraded; expected to grade as Very Fine (VF); nice style
  • Catalog number: RIC#388, Sear#12247(similar), Cohen#22
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JBC 3/11/15