Carus

282 - 283 A.D.

The short reign of this emperor is clouded with differing accounts of his life. Whether he instigated a successful revolt that ended with the death of Probus or that he was simply named emperor upon hearing of his death is unsure. Either way, his accession was ratified by the Senate. He promptly set out with his armies to counter recent tribal invasions along the empire's Germanic borders and from there led a successful campaign against the Persians. What happened next is also unsure but Carus died under suspicious conditions. Supposedly he was stricken by lightning but this sounds too convenient and it can be suspected that because of the timing an aspiring general may have played a role.

Aureus

RIC 116, Cohen 83 Aureus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSPFAVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev: VICTORIAVG, Victory in biga galloping left, holding wreath and palm.


AE Antoninianus

RIC 13 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSAVG, radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust right
Rev: PAXAVGG, Pax standing left, holding branch and scepter. Lot sold fpr $38 1/9/02.


RIC 25, Cohen 88 AE Antoninianus Obv: VIRTVSCARIAVG; Radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, spear over right shoulder, shield on left arm.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGG; Victory standing left on globe, holding wreath and palm; captives seated on either side of globe. Lot sold for $440


RIC 46, Cohen 110 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCARVSPFAVG. Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VIRTVSAVG Exe: KAΓ - Soldier standing left leaning on shield and holding spear.


RIC 75f, Cohen 56 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCARVSPFAVG; Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PAXEXERCITI; Pax standing left, holding branch and standard.


RIC 82, Cohen 79 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCARVSPFAVG. Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: SPESPVBLICA. Spes walking left, holding flower and raising robe.


RIC 106c, Cohen 714 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSPFAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: RESTITVTORBIS Exe: * over II/XXI - Victory and Carus facing; Victory holds wreath over Carus' head, Carus holds Orb out to Victory.


RIC 120a, Cohen 93 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSPFAVG - Radiate bust right, draped.
Rev: VICTORIAAVG; Victory advancing left holding wreath and branch.