BH-6B4067: Roman coin: denarius of Carausius

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Unique ID: BH-6B4067

Object type certainty: Certain
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A silver denarius of Carausius (AD c. 286-293) (Reece Period 14), ADVE[NTVS AVG], emperor riding left. Mintmark: -//RSR, commonly attributed to London, but to be studied further. RIC V, pt. 2, pp. 508-9, cf. nos. 535/536var. The coin has a heavy verdigris with crude lettering, which is not unusual for the RSR issue, but it might be a contemporary copy. Measures 18mm in diameter, 1.6mm thick and weighs 2.2g. This coin is included in Sam Moorhead's corpus for RIC.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.6 mm
Weight: 2.2 g
Diameter: 18 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 10th July 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Julian Watters
Identified by: Mr Julian Watters
Secondary identifier: Dr Sam Moorhead

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Ver 11/128 - 17

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
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 14 [275-296]
Mint or issue place: Londinium
Mint qualifier: Certain
Obverse description: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Obverse inscription: (IMP) CARAV[SIVS] (P F A?) (sic.)

Reverse description: Emperor riding left, holding sceptre in raised (right/left hand), [captive at feet].
Reverse inscription: ADVEN[TVS AVG?]

Die axis measurement: 8 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine
Reverse mint mark: - //RSR
Status: Contemporary copy
Status qualifier: Possibly

Coin references

  • RIC : V, part II; p. 508-509, cf. 535/536var

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Central Bedfordshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Central Bedfordshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Silsoe

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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