WMID-02BDE6: Roman coin: Denarius of Carausius (obverse, reverse)

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Unique ID: WMID-02BDE6

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

~~ Silver, denarius of Carausius (AD286-293), reverse type: EXPECTA(T)[E?] (VENI?), two figures, probably Britannia and the emperor, standing holding hands; Britannia also holds a wreath or patera. No mint mark, Unattributed Mint. This coin shares the same dies with Shiel, The Episode of Carausius and Allectus, p. 119, no. 9 which is the same coin that was sold by CNG, Triton XIV, 4.1.2011, Lot 817. There is a coin with the same reverse type, but a different reverse legend (V/M/NETOPA AVG - apparently non-sensical) in the British Museum (R 3512). This coin is included in Sam Moorhead's corpus for RIC.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Spink - Auction 1009, Lot 432 (25 3 10)


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 3.54 g
Diameter: 19 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 19th April 2009

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Duncan Slarke
Identified by: Rob Blunt
Secondary identifier: Dr Sam Moorhead

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Denarius (Empire)
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Carausius
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 14 [275-296]
Mint or issue place: Unattributed
Obverse description: Bust of Carausius, laureate, draped and (cuirassed), right.
Obverse inscription: IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG

Reverse description: Britannia standing right and Emperor standing left, holding hands over altar. Britannia holds a wreath/patera.
Reverse inscription: EXPECTA(T)[E?] (VENI?)

Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely fine
Reverse mint mark: -//-
Status: Regular
Status qualifier: Certain

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Lichfield (District)
To be known as: Lichfield District

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Spink - Auction 1009, Lot 432 (25 3 10)
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Created: 10 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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