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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.

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

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Carus,| |Early| |September| |282| |-| |c.| |July| |or| |August| |283| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||tetradrachm|NEW
Dikaiosyne is the Greek personification of justice and fair dealing. One of the most common reverse types of Alexandria, she always holds scales and a cornucopia.
RX93393. Billon tetradrachm, Milne 4660; Geissen 3162; Dattari 5565 6; SNG Cop 945; SNG Milan 2107; Curtis 1897; BMC Alexandria p. 316, 2441; Kampmann 113.3; Emmett 3996/1 (R1), VF, obverse off center, edge crack, edge a little ragged, weight 6.345 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, Early Sep 282 - c. Jul/Aug 283 A.D.; obverse A K M A KA-POC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from the front; reverse Dikaiosyne (Aequitas) standing left, scales in right hand, double cornucopia in left hand, LA (year 1) upper left; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $90.00 SALE |PRICE| $81.00
 


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

|Carus|, |Carus,| |Early| |September| |282| |-| |c.| |July| |or| |August| |283| |A.D.||antoninianus|
Spes was the Roman personification of Hope. In art, Spes is normally depicted carrying flowers or a cornucopia, but on coins she is almost invariably depicted holding a flower in her extended right hand, while the left is raising a fold of her dress. She was also named "ultima dea" - for Hope is the last resort of men.
SH71605. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 81 (S), Cohen VI 78, Venèra IV 252 (4 specimens), La Venèra 4043, Hunter IV -, SRCV III -, Choice EF, centered, excellent portrait, much silvering, weight 2.892 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, c. Mar - Jun 283; obverse IMP C M AVR KARVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse SPES PVBLICA (the hope of the public), Spes walking left, raising flower in right hand, raising fold of chiton behind with left hand, SXXI in exergue; rare; SOLD


|Carus|, |Carus,| |Early| |September| |282| |-| |c.| |July| |or| |August| |283| |A.D.||antoninianus|
Victory or Nike is seen with wings in most statues and paintings, with one of the most famous being the Winged Victory of Samothrace. Most other winged deities in the Greek pantheon had shed their wings by Classical times. Nike is the goddess of strength, speed, and victory. Nike was a very close acquaintance of Athena and is thought to have stood in Athena's outstretched hand in the statue of Athena located in the Parthenon. Victory or Nike is also one of the most commonly portrayed figures on Greek and Roman coins.
RA43284. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 24, EF, weight 4.149 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 0o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 283 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR CARVS AVG, helmeted, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVGG (victory of the two emperors), Victory standing left on globe holding wreath in right and palm frond in left, flanked by captive on each side, A left; bold, some silvering intact; rare; SOLD







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