Carus (AD 282 - AD 283)

Marcus Aurelius Carus tried to follow the path of restoration of the empire strength marked by Aurelian and Probus. His sons Carinus and Numerian formed, with Carus, a short lived dynasty, which granted further stability to a resurgent empire. He also had a daughter Aurelia Paulina. Carus, whose name before the accession may have been Marcus Numerius Carus, was born, probably, at Narbo in Gaul. He was a senator, and had filled various civil and military posts before he was appointed prefect of the Praetorian Guard by the emperor Probus in 282. After the murder of Probus at Sirmium, Carus was proclaimed emperor by the soldiers.

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Carus 'Pax' Antoninianus 005332

Carus 'Pax' Antoninianus
Bronze, 2.97 grams; 23.30 mm. Ticinum, Circa 282 - 283 A.D. Obverse: IMP CARVS PF AVG, Radiate and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: PAX EXERCITI, Pax standing left, holding olive branch and ensign. PXXI below exergue. RIC V-II 75; no information about the rev. legend break in RIC but Estiot (La Venera hoard) has it as no. 4020. Good very fine.

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Carus 'Pax' Antoninianus 005332


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