Macrinus

217 - 218 A.D.

Macrinus was well respected in the military circles and he eventually gained the position of Praetorian Prefect under Caracalla, which was the highest military position short of Imperator (otherwise equivalent to Emperor). In the spring of 217 it is believed that Caracalla consulted a soothsayer who told him the next emperor would be Macrinus. As soon as Macrinus heard of this, he understood that Caracalla would kill him at the first chance he got just to remove any validity to the prophesy. Gaining the support of his closest guardsmen, a plot to assassinate Caracalla was put together as a preemptive strike and the assassination was carried out successfully. He was then hailed as Augustus by the army and soon after by the Senate.

But Macrinus would prove a weak leader. He had no choice but to introduce lower pay scales for the army and settled for a demeaning peace against the Parthians. This one-two punch engendered a great deal of dissatisfaction at home and abroad and gave birth to a rebellion headed by the teenager Elagalabus. Macrinus moved to quell the revolt but was defeated and forced to flee. Unluckily for him, he was found, captured and executed.

AR Denarius

RIC 15 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG - Laureate bust right, cuirassed.
Rev: PONTIFMAXTRPCOSPP - Jupiter standing left, nude and holding thunderbolt and scepter.


RIC 22a AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG. Head, laureate, right, bust cuirassed.
Rev: PONTIFMAXTRPCOSPP Fides standing front, head right, right foot on helmet, holding standard in each hand. Lot sold for $275 11/5/01.


RIC 23, BMC 39 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG. laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PONTIFMAXTRPCOSPP. Salus seated left, on throne with high back, feeding snake coiled round altar.


RIC 24 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG. laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PONTIFMAXTRPCOSPP. Securitas standing left, legs crossed, holding scepter and leaning on column.


RIC 24b, Cohen 61 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG - Laureate bust right, cuirassed
Rev: PONTIFMAXTRPCOSPP - Securitas standing left, legs crossed while leaning on column braced by elbow and holding scepter. Lot sold for $222 11/02/01.


RIC 27 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PMTRPIICOSPP. Macrinus seated left on curule chair, holding globe and short scepter.


RIC 27a, Cohen 51 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG - Laureate bust right, draped.
Rev: PMTRPIICOSPP - Macrinus seated on curule chair left, holding globe and short scepter. Lot sold for $80 12/28/01.


RIC 32 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG - Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PONTIFMAXTRPCOSPP - Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopia.


RIC 39, Cohen 102 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG - Laureate bust right, draped.
Rev: PMTRPIICOSPP - Annona standing left, holding corn ears over modius and cornucopia. Lot sold for $92 2/11/02.


RIC 46, Cohen 98 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG - Laureate bust right, cuirassed.
Rev: PONTIFMAXTRPIICOSIIPP - Securitas standing left, leaning on column with left elbow, holding scepter and crossing legs.


RIC 49, Cohen 137 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG - Laureate bust right, cuirassed.
Rev: VICTPARTPMTRPIICOSIIPP - Victory advancing right holding wreath and palm.


RIC 53a, Cohen 2 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG - Laureate bust right, cuirassed.
Rev: AEQVITASAVG - Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopia.


RIC 55b, Cohen 8 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG - Laureate bust right, cuirassed.
Rev: ANNONAAVG - Annona seated left, holding corn ears over Modius and in left arm a cornucopia.


RIC 59 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG - Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: FELICITASTEMPORVM - Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopia.


RIC 66, Cohen 23 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG; Laureate, draped bust right.
Rev: FIDESMILITVM; Fides standing left, foot on helmet, holding two standards.


RIC 68, Cohen 26 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG. Laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: FIDESMILITVM. Fides standing left, holding standard in each hand; a standard on each side.


RIC 68a AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG - Laureate bust right, cuirassed (short beard)
Rev: FIDESMILITVM - Fides standing front, head left, holding a standard in each hand and then another on each side.


RIC 72, Cohen 33 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG. Laureate and cuirassed bust of Macrinus right.
Rev: IOVICONSERVATORI. Jupiter, nude, standing left, holding thunderbolt and scepter.


RIC 76, Cohen 37 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG; Laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: IOVICONSERVATORI; Jupiter holding thunderbolt and sceptre; at feet, small figure of Macrinus. Lot sold for $122 12/24/01.


RIC 76c, Cohen 37 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG - Laureate bust right, cuirassed.
Rev: IOVICONSERVATORI - Jupiter standing left, holding scepter and thunderbolt; at feet, left, a small Macrinus.


RIC 80a, Cohen 108 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG - Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PROVIDENTIADEORVM - Providentia standing left, holding wand over globe and cornucopia.


RIC 84, Cohen 114 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG - Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: SALVSPVBLICA - Salus seated left, feeding snake rising from altar and scpeter.


RIC 88e AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG - Radiate bust right, cuirassed.
Rev: SALVSPVBLICA - Salus seated left, feeding snake rising from altar and holding scepter. Lot sold for $223 2/15/02.


RIC 91 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG - Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: SECVRITASTEMPORVM, Securitas standing left, leaning on a column, holding a scepter.


RIC 92c, Cohen 122 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG - Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: SECVRITASTEMPORVM - Securitas standing left with legs crossed, leaning on column with left elbow and in right hand a scepter. Lot sold for $117 10/31/01.


RIC 94b, Cohen 128 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG - Laureate bust right, cuirassed.
Rev: SECVRITASTEMPORVM - Securitas seated left, holding scepter and propping her head with her left hand; before her, a lit altar.


Sestertius

RIC 21, Cohen 123 Sestertius Obv: IMPCAESMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG. Laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: SECVRITASTEMPORVM; Securitas standing left, legs crossed, holding scepter and resting elbow on column.


As

RIC 156, Cohen 94 As Obv: IMPCAESMOPELSEVMACRINVSAVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right
Rev: PONTIFMAXTRPIICOSIIPP, S C across field, Felicitas standing left, holding long caduceus and cornucopiae.


AE Provincials

Unlisted GIC AE25 (Nicopolis Ad Istrum) Obv: Macrinus laureate right with greek legend.
Rev: Greek legend. Dikaiosyne standing left holding cornucopia and scales.