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Probus

Carus and his Family

Diocletian

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M. Aurelius Carus
Emperor 282-283

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Marcus Aurelius Numerianus
Emperor 283-284
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M. Aurelius Carinus
Emperor 283-285

Carus, Praetorian Prefect at the death of Probus, was proclaimed Emperor. He associated his two sons in the reign and set out on campaign against the Persians. The campaign was successful and the Persians were severely defeated, but Carus was struck by lightning in his tent and killed late in 283.

Numerian [b. ca. 254] was made Caesar and accompanied Carus on campaign, contracting an eye infection that partially blinded him. He assumed power on the death of Carus and ordered a return to Europe. On the march he was  assassinated in his litter. Aper, the praetorian prefect, was accused  and executed by Diocletian, chief of the Imperial bodyguard.

Carinus [b. ca. 249] became Caesar on Carus' accession and Augustus in 283. He defeated Julian of Pannonia before the death of his father. Carinus  then advanced against Diocletian, winning the first battle, but was assassinated by one of his officers.
Relatives depicted on coins
:

Magnia Urbica - wife; Nigrinian - son
Usurper: Julian of Pannonia

   

R3477 0339 Carinus: AE 20 Antoninianu
$50.00
Obv. IMP C M AVR CARINVS P F AVG Rad. bust r.
Rev. VIRTVS AVGG Carinus receiving Victory from Carus
3.17 g
Sear 3477; RIC 325
worn obv. die, otherwise VF


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R3478* 0658 Carinus: AE 22 Antoninianus
$100.00
Obv. IMP C M AVR CARINVS P F AVG
Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. VOTA PVBLICA, in ex. SMSXXIB
Carinus & Numerian sacrificing
3.25 g
Sear R3478*; C. 195; RIC 316
VF, original silvering visible in patina

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