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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

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 Billon tetradrachm, Apparently unpublished; Dattari -, Geissen -, Kampmann -, Milne -, BMC Alexandria -, SNG Cop -, SNG Hunterian -, Emmett -, VF, weight 8.390 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 0o,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


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

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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, Cohen 78, La Venèra 4043, Venèra IV 252 (4 specimens), SRCV III 12180, Choice EF, 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, SXXI in exergue; rare; SOLD


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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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DIVOCARO
DIVOCAROAVG
DIVOCAROPARTHICO
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DIVOCAROPERS
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REFERENCES

Banti, A. & L. Simonetti. Corpus Nummorum Romanorum. (Florence, 1972-1979).
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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