Coin Catalogue

Carus 282 – 283 A.D.

The short reign of this emperor is clouded with differing accounts of his life. Whether he instigated a successful revolt that ended with the death of Probus or that he was simply named emperor upon hearing of his death is unsure. Either way, his accession was ratified by the Senate. He promptly set out with his armies to counter recent tribal invasions along the empire’s Germanic borders and from there led a successful campaign against the Persians. What happened next is also unsure but Carus died under suspicious conditions. Supposedly he was stricken by lightning but this sounds too convenient and it can be suspected that because of the timing an aspiring general may have played a role.



AU Aureus


RIC 1, C 33 Aureus Obv: IMPCARVSPFAVG – Laureate, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield decorated with aegis.
Rev: FORTVNAAVG – Fortuna standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia. c.282 (Lugdunum).



RIC 62v, C 66 Aureus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSPFAVG – Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PROVIDENTIAAVG – Providentia standing left, holding globe and scepter. [RIC lists reverse legend PROVIDENT AVG for this type]. October 282 (Ticinum).



RIC 64, Calico 4279 Aureus Obv: IMPMAVRCARVSPFAVG – Laureate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: SPESPVBLICA – Spes advancing left, holding flower and raising skirt. 282-283 (Ticinum).



RIC 95, C 86 Aureus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSAVG – Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust left.
Rev: VICTORIAAVG – Victory standing left on globe, holding wreath in raised right hand and palm branch over left shoulder. August – November 283 (Siscia). $16,477 2/18/02.



RIC 96, C 86 Aureus Obv: DEOETDOMINOCAROAVG – Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVG – Victory standing left on globe, holding wreath in raised right hand and palm branch over left shoulder.



RIC 98 Aureus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSPFAVG – Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAEAVGGFEL – Victory advancing left, holding open wreath in both hands; shield on base to left. 282-283 (Siscia).



RIC 116v Aureus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSPFAVG – Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAVG – Victory in biga galloping left, holding wreath and palm. 282 (Cyzicus). $5,800 1/16/02.



RIC 117, C 118 Aureus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSPFAVG – Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VIRTVSCARIINVICTIAVG – Hercules standing right, leaning on club with lion-skin on rock. 282-283 (Cyzicus).



Unlisted Aureus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSPFAVG – Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: ORIENSCARIAVG – Sol standing left, holding whip in left hand and raising hand. 282-283 (Cyzicus).



Unlisted Aureus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSPFAVG – Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: MARTIPROPVGNATORI – Mars advancing right, holding spear and shield. 282-283 (Siscia).




AU Aureus (Posthumous)


RIC 4, C 14 Aureus Obv: DIVOCAROPIO – Laureate head right.
Rev: CONSECRATIO – eagle standing right, head turned left. 284 (Lugdunum).




AE Medallion


Unlisted RIC, Gnecchi 1, C 41 Bronze Medallion Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSPFAVG – Laureate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: MONETAAVGG – The three Monetae holding scales and cornucopia. $8,020 11/20/00.




AE Antoninianus


RIC 13 Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSAVG – Radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PAXAVGG – Pax standing left, holding branch and scepter.



RIC 18, C 88 Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSAVG – Helmeted, radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVG – Victory standing left on globe, holding wreath and palm; two bound captives seated at her feet. 282 (Lugdunum).



RIC 24f Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSAVG – Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGG – Victory standing left on globe, holding wreath and palm; captives seated on either side of globe; A in field. (Lugdunum).



RIC 25 Antoninianus Obv: VIRTVSCARIAVG – Radiate, helmeted, cuirassed bust left, spear over right shoulder, shield on left arm.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGG – Victory standing left on globe, holding wreath and palm; captives seated on either side of globe.



RIC 35f, C 11 Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSPFAVG – Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: AETERNITIMPERI – Sol advancing left, holding right hand in salute and in left hand a whip. $18 5/16/02.



RIC 36f, C 10 Antoninianus Obv: IMPCARVSPFAVG – Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: AETERNITIMPERI – Sol advancing left, holding right hand in salute and in left hand a whip. 282-283 (Rome).



RIC 37f, C 12 Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMAVRARVSPFAVG – Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: ANNONAAVGG Exe: R – Annona standing left, holding corn ears over modius and cornucopia. 282-283 (Rome). $26 3/25/03.



RIC 38f, C 37 Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSPFAVG – Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: IOVIVICTORI – Jupiter standing left, holding Victory on a globe and scepter, at feet, left, an eagle. $25 5/16/02.



RIC 42f, C 69 Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSPFAVG – Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PROVIDENTAVGG – Providentia standing left, holding wand over globe and scepter.



RIC 43f Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSPFAVG – Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PROVIDENTIAAVGG – Providentia standing left, holding wand over globe and scepter. 282-283 (Rome).



RIC 44f(var.) Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSPFAVG – Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGG Exe: AAK – Victory advancing right holding wreath and palm. $46 5/30/02.



RIC 45f, C 114 Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSPFAVG – Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VIRTVSAVGG – Soldier standing left leaning on shield and holding spear. $29 5/16/02.



RIC 46, C 110 Antoninianus Obv: IMPCARVSPFAVG – Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VIRTVSAVGG – Soldier standing left leaning on shield and holding spear.



RIC 66f(var.) Antoninianus Obv: IMPCARVSPFAVG – Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: ABVNDANTIAAVG Exe: TXXI – Abundantia pouring cornucopia. $10 5/16/02.



RIC 75f, C 56 Antoninianus Obv: IMPCARVSPFAVG – Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PAXEXERCITI – Pax standing left, holding branch and standard.



RIC 82f, C 79 Antoninianus Obv: IMPCARVSPFAVG – Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: SPESPVBLICA – Spes advancing left, holding flower and raising robe. 283 (Ticinum). $100 4/14/02.



RIC 106c, C 714 Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSPFAVG – Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: RESTITVTORBIS Exe: over II/XXI – Victory and Carus facing; Victory holds wreath over Carus’ head, Carus holds Orb out to Victory.



RIC 120a, C 93 Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSPFAVG – Radiate, draped bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVG – Victory advancing left holding wreath and branch. 282 (Cyzicus).



RIC 124c, C 116 Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSPFAVG – Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VIRTVSAVGG – Jupiter on right facing to the left, gives Victory to Carus standing opposite. 282-283 (Antioch). $28 3/4/03.



RIC 125c, C 117 Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMAVRCARVSPFAVG – Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VIRTVSAVGGG – Jupiter on right facing to the left, gives Victory to Carus standing opposite.



AE Antoninianus (Posthumous)


RIC 110, C 23 Antoninianus Obv: DIVOCAROPARTHICO – Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: CONSECRATIOAVG – Altar with pileus and thunderbolt atop it. 283 (Siscia).



RIC 126, C 16 Antoninianus Obv: DIVOCAROAVG – Radiate head right.
Rev: CONSECRATIO – Eagle standing, head left.


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