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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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An interesting reverse inscribed "The Peace of the Army" and displaying the goddess Pax holding a military standard. The message was perhaps analogous to the renaming of the U.S. Department of War to the Department of Defense in 1949.
RB71580. Billon antoninianus, Cohen VI 56; Pink VI-2, p. 26; RIC V 75 var. (no drapery); Hunter III 14 var. (slight drapery); SRCV III 12175 var. (obv. legend), Choice aEF, near full silvering, excellent centering and strike, unusual bust, a few small encrustations, very light corrosion, weight 3.312 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, Oct - Dec 282; obverse IMP CARVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse PAX EXERCITI, Pax standing slightly left, head left, raising olive branch in right hand, standard vertical behind in left hand, PXXI in exergue; rare bust variant; $200.00 (€178.00)
 


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

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A brockage occurs when a blank is struck with a previously struck coin which adhered to the opposite die. Click here to read a detailed explanation.
RA84589. Billon antoninianus, aVF, green patina, deposits, areas of corrosion, weight 3.476 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, obverse IMP CARVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse incuse; $95.00 (€84.55)
 


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 Billon tetradrachm, Apparently unpublished; Dattari -, Geissen -, Kampmann -, Milne -, BMC Alexandria -, SNG Cop -, SNG Hunterian -, Emmett -, VF, weight 8.390 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 0o,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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OBVERSE LEGENDS

DEOETDOMINOCAROINVIC
DIVOCARO
DIVOCAROAVG
DIVOCAROPARTHICO
DIVOCAROPIO
DIVOCAROPERS
IMPCARVSPFAVG
IMPCMAVRCARVSAVG
IMPCMAVRCARVSPFAVG
IMPCMAVRKARVSPFAVG


REFERENCES

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Bastien, P. Le monnayage de l'atelier de Lyon. De la réouverture de l'atelier par Aurélien à la mort de Carin (fin 274 - mi-285). (Wetteren, 1976).
Calicó, E. The Roman Avrei, Vol. II: From Didius Julianus to Constantius I, 193 AD - 335 AD. (Barcelona, 2003).
Cohen, H. Description historique des monnaies frappées sous l'Empire Romain, Vol. 6: Macrianus to Diocletian & Maximianus. (Paris, 1886).
Gricourt, D. Ripostiglio della Venèra, Nuovo Catalogo Illustrato, Volume IV: Caro - Diocleziano. (Verona, 2000).
King, C. Roman Quinarii from the Republic to Diocletian and the Tetrarchy. (Oxford, 2007).
Mattingly, H., E. Sydenham & P. Webb. The Roman Imperial Coinage, Vol V, Part II, Probus to Amandus. (London, 1933).
Milani, L. Il ripositglio della Venèra, Monete romane della seconda meta del terzo secolo. (Rome, 1880).
Pink, K. "Der Aufbau der Römischen münzprägung in der Kaiserzeit: VI/2. Carus und Söhne" in Numismatische Zeitschrift 80 (1963).
Robinson, A. Roman Imperial Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet, University of Glasgow, Vol. IV. Valerian I to Allectus. (Oxford, 1978).
Sear, D. Roman Coins and Their Values, Volume Three, The Accession of Maximinus I to the Death of Carinus AD 235 - AD 285. (London, 2005).
Vagi, D. Coinage and History of the Roman Empire. (Sidney, 1999).

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