Carus

Reece Period attributed: Period 14

Obverse image of a coin of Carus

Member of the Third Century Emperors dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from 282 until 283.

Marcus Aurelius Carus was born in 244 at Narbo. He was a highly popular military man and leader of the Praetorian Guard when he usurped power from Probus in 282. He immediately raised his two sons, Numerian and Carinus, to the rank of Caesar.

Carus entrusted Carinus, now also Augustus, with government and set out with Numerian for the East. They were highly successful, but Carus died in his tent in the middle of the campaign. The exact circumstances are unclear; supposedly the tent was struck by lightning, though some suggest one of his officers did him in.

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Record: FASAM-6FB60D
Object type: MEDALLION
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: Copper-alloy medallion of Carus (AD 282-3…
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Record: NLM-20D751
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: Copper alloy coin. Radiate, possibly of C…
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Record: BERK-C6FB9E
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A silver-washed copper alloy radiate of D…
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Record: NARC-4E4757
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A pierced copper alloy radiate of Carus (…
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Information from Wikipedia

  • Preferred label: Carus
  • Full names:
    • Title: Persicus Maximus, Consul of the Roman Empire
    • Predecessor: Probus (emperor)
    • Successor: Carinus, Numerian
    • Definition: Marcus Aurelius Carus (c. 222 – July or August 283) was Roman emperor from 282 to 283. During his short reign, Carus fought the Germanic tribes and Sarmatians along the Danube frontier with success. He died while campaigning against the Sassanid Empire and is believed to have died of unnatural causes. It was reported that he had been struck by lightning. He was succeeded by his sons Carinus and Numerian, creating a dynasty which, though short-lived, provided further stability to the resurgent empire.
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    • Birth place: Narbonne, Gallia Narbonensis
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      • Other title(s):
        • Persicus Maximus
        • List of Roman emperors
        • Consul of the Roman Empire
      • Came After:
        • Carinus
        • Numerian
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