Reigned: 282-283 A.D.

MARCVS AVRELIVS CARVS was probably born at Narbo in 229. He became Praetorian Praefect under Probus in 276, and when Probus was murdered in August, 282 he became Augustus. He was a very capable but imperious ruler. He elevated his sons Carinus and Numerian to Caesars and quickly settled disturbances in Gaul and Illyricum. Leaving Carinus at Rome, in early 283 he and Numerian set out on a Sassanian campaign, which was extremely successful and during which he raised his sons to Augusti. In August, 283 he died of a mysterious cause (murdered, struck by lightning, or illness) near Ctesiphon.(Excerpt from MONETA from

AE Antoninianus (23mm 3.45g) Struck 283-285 A.D. Lugdunum

Obv: DIVO CARO PIO Radiate head right

Rev: CONSECRATIO Eagle standing left, looking right II in exergue

RIC 29


AE Antoninianus (22mm 3.83g) Struck 282-283 A.D. Ticinum

Obv: IMP CARVS P F AVG Radiate draped and cuirassed bust right

Rev: SPES PVBLICA Spes standing, facing left holding flower and hiking skirt SXXI in exergue

RIC V 82



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