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    Mysterious Young Prince

    Divus Nigrinianus, son of Carinus (died AD 284). BI antoninianus (22mm, 3.89 gm, 7h). Rome, AD 284-285. DIVO NIGRINIANO, radiate, nude half-length bust of Nigrinian shown 3/4 from front, head right, right shoulder raised / CONSECRATIO, eagle standing facing, wings spread, head left, KAA in exergue. RIC 472. RCV 12412. Cohen 3. Dark brown patina, lightly smoothed in isolated spots. NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 3/5, smoothing.

    Rare coins bearing a youthful male portrait with the inscription DIVO NIGRINIANO have long puzzled numismatists and historians, who could find no mention of any prince of this name in the historical sources. The discovery in the early 1900s of an inscription naming Nigrinian as a grandson of the Emperor Carus (AD 282-283) narrowed down the possibilities to Carus' two sons, Carinus or Numerian, both of whom ruled jointly with their father and by themselves after his death. Given that Nigrinian's posthumous coinage is confined to the Rome mint, it seems the most likely candidate for his father is Carinus, who presided over the West from Rome, while Numerian's brief reign was spent in the East. The coins of the deified Nigrinian boast some of the finest numismatic portraiture from this troubled era. The youth is shown here "heroically nude" and with one shoulder raised, perhaps indicating it was modeled on a statue of Nigrinian in an oratorical pose.


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