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LUGDUNUM (Lyon, France)
This mint operated in four officinae, usually numbered A,B,C,D. Sometimes retrogarde C or D.
in Ex. sometimes LVG, for the Consecratio type of Carus,I-II-III or IIII.
One feature is the continued use of obverses depicting the emperor helmeted, holding spear and shield, a type which had been discarded by other mints.





ROME
This mint operated in seven officinae and as one might expect closer attention was given to the dies imperii of the various rulers including an issue for Carinus as sole emperor. All the small bronze denominations were produced at this mint.

ISSUE I – nov.282
R A – R B - R Γ - R Δ– R E – R s – R Z
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AK - BK – BAK – Γ- ΔAK – EK – EAK – S – ZK - ZAK
ISSUE IIa – dec. 282
AKA - BKA – ΓKA – ΔAK – EKA – SKA – ZKA
ISSUE IIb +c
KAA - KAB - KAΓ - KAΔ– KAE - KAS - KAZ
ISSUE III - aug.283
KAA - KAB - KAΓ - KAΔ – KAE - KAS – KAZ
ISSUE IV – late 283
KAA - KAB - KAΓ - KAΔ – KAE - KAS – KAZ
ISSUE V – nov.284, Carinus sole reign
KAA - KAB - KAΓ - KAΔ– KAE - KAS – KAZ
ISSUE VIa – beginning 285
KAυA - KAυB – KAυΓ – KAυΔ – KυE – KAυS – KAυZ
ISSUE VIb
KAύA - KAύB – KAύΓ – KAύΔ – KύE – KAύS – KAύZ



TICINUM (Pavia, Italy)
This mint operated in six officina ans was very active in this period. The one remarkable point to note is that this mint apparently continues to strike normal coins for Carus long after his death.
There seems to be far too many coins of his sons as Augusti to even consider the opposing view that the mint closed shortly after his death. One must take into account the lack of Consecration coins and the use of a slightly longer obverse legend in the final issues. Also the fact that Magnia Urbica shares the coinages, something which only occurs on the later issues at other mints shows that they extended well into the reign of Carinus. The mint was closed after the fifth issue in 283.

PRE-ISSUE - oct.282
PXXI-SXXI-TXXI-QXXI-VXXI-VIXXI
ISSUE I – oct 282
PXXI-SXXI-TXXI-QXXI-VXXI-VIXXI
ISSUE II – dec.282
PXXI-SXXI-TXXI-QXXI-VXXI-VIXXI
ISSUE III – march 283
TXXI-QXXI-VXXI-VIXXI
ISSUE IV – july 283
PXXI-SXXI-TXXI-QXXI-VXXI-VIXXI
ISSUE V – aug.283
PXXIT-SXXIT-TXXIT-QXXIT-VXXIT-VIXXIT
note. at this time Carus was already death, the first officina PXXIT still minted for him.

SISCIA (Sisak,Croatia)
This mint had three officinae but with nothing like the output achieved under Probus.

PRE-ISSUE – oct. 282
II/XXI- */XXI P-*P/XXI-*II/XXI for Carus
T/XXI-*T/XXI-*/XXI Tfor Carinus
ISSUE I – nov.282
X.I.- XI-X.I.I.- P/XXI- *P/XXI-II/XXI-*II/XXI- T/XXI
ISSUE II – dec.282, with the new emission marks
A/XXI-B/XXI-Γ/XXI
ISSUE III –march 283, only Medaillion
ISSUE IV – nov.283, only Medaillion and Aurei
ISSUE V – beginning 284
A/XXI-B/XXI-Γ/XXI-XXIA
ISSUE VI – july 284, new emission marks
A/SMSXXI-B/SMSXXI- Γ/SMSXXI- SMSXXIΓ
ISSUE VII – oct.284, only Aurei



CYZICUS (Turkey)
This mint operates in six officinae after an initial issue from only five for Carus alone.

ISSUE I – sept.282, Carus sole reign.
A-B-Γ-Δ-E-S
ISSUE II - nov.282, Carus and Carinus
A-B-Γ-Δ-E-S
ISSUE III - dec.282, Carus, Carinus and Numerian (Caes)
A/XXI-B/XXI- Γ/XXI-Δ/XXI-E/XXI-S/XXI
ISSUE IV – march 283, Carinus and Numerian (Avg)
A/XXI-B/XXI- Γ/XXI-Δ/XXI-E/XXI-S/XXI

ANTIOCH (Antakya, Turkey)
The largest mint at that time, having nine officinae.

ISSUE I – nov.282, VIRTVS AVGG , Carus and Carinus(caes)
A/XXI-B/XXI- Γ/XXI-Δ/XXI-E/XXI-S/XXI-Z/XXI-H/XXI-EΔ/XXI
serie two- dec.282, Carus, Carinus and Numerian(Caes)
*A/XXI-*B/XXI-*Γ/XXI-*Δ/XXI-*E/XXI-*S/XXI-*Z/XXI-*H/XXI-*EΔ/XXI

ISSUE II - feb.283, VIRTVS AVGGG Carus, Carinus and Numerian(Caes)
A/XXI-*B/XXI-*Γ/XXI-*Δ/XXI-*E/XXI-*S/XXI-*Z/XXI-*H/XXI-*EΔ/XXI

ISSUE III – march 283, VIRTVS AVGGG Carinus (Avg) Numerian uncertain.
*A/XXI-*B/XXI-*Γ/XXI-*Δ/XXI-*E/XXI-*S/XXI-*Z/XXI-*H/XXI-*EΔ/XXI

ISSUE IV, VIRTVS AVGG, Carinus and Numerian(Avg)
*A/XXI-*B/XXI-*Γ/XXI-*Δ/XXI-*E/XXI-*S/XXI-*Z/XXI-*H/XXI-*EΔ/XXI
A/XXI-B/XXI- Γ/XXI-Δ/XXI-E/XXI-S/XXI-Z/XXI-H/XXI-EΔ/XXI

Consecrations coins were struck for Carus in officina delta.


TRIPOLIS (Tarabulus, Libanon)
This was a single officina mint. The obverses and reverses where similar to those of Antioch but are distinguished by the use of the letters TR in the field.
ISSUE I, feb.283, VIRTVS AVGG Carus, Carinus and Numerian(Caes)
TR/XXI-*TR/XXI
ISSUE II, may-june 284 Carinus and Numerian (Avg)
TR/XXI for the Consecratio coins
*TR/XXI VIRTVS AVGG



ALEXANDRIA (Egypt)
Alexandria was the only provincial mint where the coins of the short living dynasty where struck.
LA - *LA year 1
LB - *LB year 2
LΓ - *LΓ year 3