AE Antoninianus. 3.17g, 23.2mm
MINTED: Ticinum mint, AD 282
REF: RIC 82; Sear 12180
OBVERSE: IMP CARVS P F AVG, radiate, cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: SPES PVBLICA, Spes advancing left, holding flower and lifting skirt; S XXI in exergue.
Almost Very Fine. Slight striking weakness, surfaces covered with some encrustations.
Carus was a senator from Narbo in Gaul who was made Prefect of the Praetorian Guard in the time of Emperor Probus. He succeeded him when Probus was murdered by his own troops in late 282 and founded a short-lived dynasty with his two sons, Carinus and Numerian. He was barely into the tenth month of his reign and had just concluded a successful campaign against the Persians when he was struck dead by lightning.
CARUS . AD 282-283 . Antoninianus . "Spes, Personification of Hope"
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