Carausius

Reece Period attributed: Period 14

Obverse image of a coin of Carausius

Member of the Britannic Emperors dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from 286 until 293.

Marcus Aurelius Mausaeus Carausius was a military commander under Maximian and Diocletian. When the two emperors assembled a military force to fight the Franks and Saxons, Carausius held command of the fleet.

The emperors accused Carausius of taking pirate spoil for himself and resolved to punish him, but he escaped into Britain with a small force. There, he declared himself Augustus and trained the locals as sailors and soldiers.

Diocletian and Maximian failed in their attempts to squash Carausius’ reign. His rule extended far into Gaul, and in 290 the two emperors were forced to recognize his regime. In 293 Allectus, Carausius’ minister of finance, killed him and assumed power.

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PAS record number: WMID-BBC4F4

Record: WMID-BBC4F4
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: An incomplete copper alloy radiate of Carausius (AD 286 to AD 293), dating to the period AD 291 (Reece Period 14). PAX AVG reverse type depict…
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PAS record number: NMS-3C7C03

Record: NMS-3C7C03
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: Copper radiate of Carausius, Unmarked, early London issue, reverse PAX AVG (retrograde) with figure of Pax standing right with branch and ver…
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PAS record number: NLM-97EF93

Record: NLM-97EF93
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: Copper alloy Coin. Radiate of Carausius (286-293), Reece period 14. Obverse description: Radiate bust draped and cuirassed right; legend p…
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PAS record number: NLM-564FA8

Record: NLM-564FA8
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: Copper alloy Coin. Radiate of Carausius (286-293), Reece period 14. Obverse description: Bullnecked bust draped and cuirassed right. Start…
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PAS record number: NLM-555E26

Record: NLM-555E26
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: Copper alloy Coin. Radiate of Carausius (286-293), Reece period 14. Obverse description: Radiate bust draped right. Obverse inscription…
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