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Charles Peters Carausius Collection

Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.

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Balkerne Gate in Colchester is the largest Roman arch in Britain. Colchester (Camulodunum) and its wall were rebuilt by the Romans after Queen Boudica led a rebellion in A.D. 60 and destroyed the town. Balkerne Gate Colchester
RA73257. Billon antoninianus, Webb Carausius 416, RIC V 358, Cohen VII 261, SRCV IV 13681 var. (S-C), Hunter IV 122 var. (same), VF, green patina, well centered, bumps, marks and scratches, weight 3.224 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Camulodunum (Colchester, England) mint, c. 292 - early 293 A.D.; obverse IMP C CARAVSIVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse PROVID AVG (the foresight of the Emperor), Providentia standing left, globe in right hand, long transverse scepter in left hand, S - P flanking across field at center, C in exergue; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; $165.00 (€146.85)
 


Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.

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Laetitia was a minor Roman goddess of gaiety, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy.
RA73224. Billon antoninianus, RIC V, part 2, 456; Webb Carausius 510; Hunter IV 118 var. (P AVG); Burton Latimer -; SRCV IV -, F, uneven strike, corrosion, light cleaning scratches, weight 2.884 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 180o, Camulodunum (Colchester, England) mint, 291 - 292 A.D.; obverse IMP C CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse LAETITI AVG, Laetitia standing left, wreath in right hand, anchor in right hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking high across field; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection, ex Nilus Coins; $155.00 (€137.95)
 


Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D..

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Overstruck over a denarius of Severus Alexander, which suggests that the new coin was worth at least as much of the old one. Otherwise, it would have made more sense to melt the denarius.
RA73221. Silver antoninianus, cf. RIC V 287 (S), Webb Carausius 336, SRCV IV 13629, VF, toned, weight 2.664 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 225o, Camulodunum (Colchester, England) mint, c. 290 - 291 A.D.; obverse IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse MONETA AVG, Moneta standing left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, mintmark obscured by over-strike effects; undertype bust (Severus Alexander?) visible; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection, ex Forum (2010); scarce; $145.00 (€129.05)
 


Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.

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The I in the obverse legend is unusual. It apparently abbreviates invictus - invincible. The plural AVGGG in the reverse legend refers to Diocletian, Maximian and Carausius in a futile attempt to appease the legitimate mainland rulers.
RA73290. Billon antoninianus, RIC V 370 (R), Webb Carausius 428, Hunter IV 145, SRCV IV -, F, green patina, corrosion, reverse double struck, weight 4.280 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 45o, Camulodunum (Colchester, England) mint, c. 292 - early 293 A.D.; obverse IMP C CARAVSIVS P F I AVG, radiate and draped bust right; reverse PROVID AVGGG (the foresight of the three emperors), Providentia standing left, globe in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - P flanking across field (S unstruck), C in exergue; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; rare; $130.00 (€115.70)
 


Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.

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The plural AVGGG in the reverse legend refers to Diocletian, Maximian and Carausius in a futile attempt to appease the legitimate mainland rulers.
RA73292. Billon antoninianus, RIC V 347, SRCV IV 13679, Askew 250, Webb Carausius -, Cohen VII -, Hunter IV -, aVF, some silvering remaining, green patina, patina chips, edge chips, weight 2.383 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Camulodunum (Colchester, England) mint, c. 292 - early 293 A.D.; obverse IMP C CARAVSIVS AVG, radiate and draped right; reverse PROVID AVGGG (the foresight of the three emperors), Providentia standing half left, staff in right hand held vertically downward between globe on ground on left and right foot, cornucopia in left hand, S-P flanking low across field, C in exergue; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; $125.00 (€111.25)
 







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OBVERSE LEGENDS

CARAVSIVSPFAVG
CARAVSIVSETFRATRESSVI
IMPCARAVSIVSAV
IMPCARAVSIVSAVG
IMPCARAVSIVSPA
IMPCARAVSIVSPAV
IMPCARAVSIVSPAVG
IMPCARAVSIVSPEAV
IMPCARAVSIVSPEAVG
IMPCARAVSIVSPEAG
IMPCARAVSIVSPF
IMPCARAVSIVSPFA
IMPCARAVSIVSPFAG
IMPCARAVSIVSPFAV
IMPCARAVSIVSPFAVG
IMPCARAVSIVSPFI
IMPCARAVSIVSPFINAVG
IMPCARAVSIVSPI
IMPCARAVSIVSPIAV
IMPCARAVSIVSPIAVG
IMPCCARAVSIVSPFAV
IMPCCARAVSIVSPFAVG
IMPCMCARAVSIVSPFAVG
VIRTVSCARAVSI


REFERENCES

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Bland, R. "A Hoard of Carausius and Allectus from Burton Latimer" in BNJ 54 (1984), pp. 41 - 50.
Burnett, A. & J. Casey. A Carausian Hoard from Croydon, Surrey, and a Note on Carausius's Continental Possessions" in BNJ 54 (1984), pp. 10 - 20.
Calicó, X. The Roman Avrei, Vol. 2: From Didius Julianus to Constantius I, 193 AD ? 335 AD. (Barcelona, 2003).
Carson, R.A.G. "The Sequence-marks on the Coinage of Carausius and Allectus" in Essays Baldwin (1971), pp. 57 - 65.
Casey, P.J. Carausius and Allectus: The British Usurpers. (New Haven, 1995).
Challis, C.E. & M.A.S. Blackburn. Studies in the Coinages of Carausius and Allectus. (London, 1985).
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Giard, J-B. "La monnaie de Carausius à Rouen: une remise en question" in RN 1995, Vol. 6, Issue 150, pp. 264 - 266.
King, C.E. "A Small Hoard of Carausius Found Near Bicester Oxfordshire" in BNJ 53, 1982.
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Webb, P.H. "The reign and coinage of Carausius" in NC 1907, pp. 1 ff.
Webb, P.H. "The Linchmere Hoard" in NC 1925, pp. 173 ff.

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