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Unique ID: WILT-B83595

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A Roman silver denarius of Carausius (AD 286-293) (Reece Period 14), RSR Mintmark. RIC V, pt 2, p. 511, no. 560

Obverse: IMP CARAVSIVS P E AVG; Laureate, draped and cuirassed right

Reverse: FELICITA AVG; Galley left with 4 crew

Mintmark: - // RSR

This is the third example of this type in Sam Moorhead's corpus for a new edition of RIC for Carausius and Allectus. It shares the same dies as one of the other specimens, in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. The third piece is also on the PAS Database - WAW-9E1EA6.

The RSR stands for Redeunt Saturnia Regna ('The Golden Age of Saturn returns'), taken from Virgil's Fourth Eclogue. It is generally thought that the RSR coins were struck in London which could well be correct. However, some could have been struck before the mint in London was set-up.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: with finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Exactly AD 286
Date to: Exactly AD 293

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.15 mm
Weight: 3.22 g
Diameter: 18.42 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 6th March 2022

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Denarius (Empire)
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Carausius
Reece period: Period 14 [275-296]
Mint or issue place: Londinium
Mint qualifier: Probably
Obverse description: Laureate, draped and cuirassed right
Obverse inscription: IMP CARAVSIVS P E AVG

Reverse description: Galley left with four crew
Reverse inscription: FELICITA AVG

Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Reverse mint mark: - // RSR
Status: Regular

Coin references

  • RIC : V, pt 2 p. 511, no. 560

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Tisbury

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Metal detecting
Current location: with finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Minimal cultivation

References cited

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Created: 5 months ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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