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Carus, early September 282 - c. July or August 283 A.D.

Carus was the Praetorian prefect during the reign of emperor Probus and came to power after the latter's assassination. He was killed by lightning outside Ctesiphon after a successful campaign against the Persian empire. His sons Carinus and Numerian succeeded him.

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RA85559. Billon antoninianus, Hunter IV 7 (also 2nd officina); RIC V-2 29; Bastien Lyon 623 (48 specimen); Cohen VI Carus 18; SRCV III 12394; Pink p. 24, aEF, well centered, excellent portrait, silvering, reverse legend weak, areas of porosity, weight 3.859 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, posthumous, 283 - 285 A.D.; obverse DIVO CARO PIO, radiate head right; reverse CONSECRATIO, eagle standing half left, head right, wings slightly open, II in exergue; $160.00 (€136.00)

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In 282, Probus traveled towards Sirmium (Serbia). He tried to employ his troops in peaceful projects, such as draining the swamps in Pannonia. His troops, unhappy about this labor, murdered him. Marcus Aurelius Carus, an Illyrian and Probus' praetorian prefect, was proclaimed the new emperor.
BB85088. Billon antoninianus, Hunter IV 1; RIC V-2 45; SRCV III 12187; Cohen VI 114; Pink VI-2 p. 32, series 1a, 2a - b, aVF, well centered on a broad flan, deposits, grainy porous surfaces, weight 3.714 g, maximum diameter 23.4 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Rome mint, 2nd emission, 282 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR CARVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS AVGG (valor of the two emperors), Virtus standing left, resting right hand on grounded shield, spear vertical behind in left, ΓKA in exergue; $36.00 (€30.60)

Carus, Early September 282 - c. July or August 283 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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This reverse type is usually found paired with a Carinus obverse.
RX41233. Billon tetradrachm, Apparently unpublished; Dattari -, Geissen -, Kampmann -, Milne -, BMC Alexandria -, SNG Cop -, SNG Hunterian -, Emmett -, VF, weight 8.390 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, obverse A K M A KA-POC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse Athena, helmeted, enthroned left, shield under seat, Nike in right, long scepter in left hand, L - A (year one) across fields; extremely rare; SOLD





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