Carus - Augustus of Imperium Romanum from 282 to 283
Marcus Aurelius Carus Augustus 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 brought stability in the empire and died in 283 aged 61.

During his campaign against the Sassanid Empire, he sacked their capital Ctesiphon, but died shortly thereafter. Some sources claim that he died after being struck by lightning, others a wound sustained against the Persians.

He was succeeded by his sons Carinus and Numerian, creating a dynasty which, though short-lived, granted further stability to a resurgent empire.
Emperor Carus of the Roman Empire

(1) Carus AD 283
Obverse: IMP C M AVR CARVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Reverse: VIRTVS AVGG, Carus standing right, receiving Victory from Jupiter, standing left; star over S in field, XXI in exergue
Ref: RIC 124, Sear 12188
(2) Carus 282-283 AD
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; A K M A KA_POC CEB
Reverse: eagle standing right, wreath in beak, palm over shoulder; L_A
Ref: Milne 4670, Curtis 1903, Geissen 31...
(3) Carus X 282 AD
Obverse: radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right; IMP C M AVR CARVS P F AVG
Reverse: Carus standing left, wearing military dress, holding globe and spear, receiving wreath from female standing right; RESTITVT OR_BIS / * / II / XXI
Ref: RIC V 106
(4) Carus end 284 AD
Obverse: radiate head right; DIVO CARO PIO
Reverse: eagle standing left, head right; CONSECRATIO / II
Ref: RIC V 29; Lyon 623; Pink VI/2, p. 2...
(5) Carus 282-283 AD
Obverse: A K MA KAPOC CEB / laureate, draped & cuirassed bust right
Reverse: Dikaiosyne standing left holding scales & cornucopiae, LA
Ref: Geissen 3161, Dattari 5565; Sear5 1...
(6) Carus AD 282-283
Obverse: IMP C M AVR CARVS AVG Radiate and cuirassed bust right
Reverse: VICTORIA AVGG, Victory standing left on globe, holding wreath and palm frond; two seated captives flanking; A in left field
Ref: RIC 24; C. 99