Carus – 282-283 AD

Carus

282 – 283 AD


Marcus Aurelius Carus was the Prefect of the Praetorian Guard under Probus. Upon the Emperor’s death, Carus was proclaimed Emperor by the troops. He immediately conferred the rank of Caesar on his two sonsCarinus and Numerian, and set out on an expedition against the Persians. Numerian accompanied his father to the East leaving Carinus behind to govern the Western provinces.

Carus and Carinus AE Antoninianus

Carus was successful in defeating the Persian forces driving them back once again in complete disorder. However, before Carus could begin to follow up on his victory, he was killed by lightning in his camp near Ctesiphon late in 283 AD. Thus, Carus was succeeded by his two sons.


Monetary System

Mints: Rome; Lugdunum; Ticinum; Siscia; Cyzicus; Antioch; Tripolis; unidentified mint.

Obverse Legends:

IMP CARVS P F AVG.
IMP C M AVR CARVS P F AVG


DENOMINATIONS

AU Double Aureus
AU Aureus
Æ HEAVY Antoninianus 4.7-4.9 grams
Æ Antoninianus (3.5-3.8 grams)
Æ Antoninianus (Jugate bust with Carinus)
Æ Denarius (2.4 grams)
Æ Denarius (with Carinus)
Æ Quinarius (1.94 grams)
Æ As (5.29 grams)
Æ Semis
Æ Tetradrachm, Egypt (8.27 grams)


Posthumous Coinage Issued by Carinus

Æ Antoninianus (3.25-4.27 grams)


Monetary History of the World
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