WAW-C77573: Roman coin: denarius of Carausius (Obverse and reverse).

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Unique ID: WAW-C77573

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Roman coin: a silver denarius of Carausius dating to AD 286 to 293 (Reece Period 14). RENOVA ROMAN reverse type depicting wolf and twins. Mintmark: -//RSR; commonly attributed to London, but to be studied further. RIC V, pt 2, p. 512, cf. no. 571. BNJ 2014 Coin Register p. 261, no. 21. It is not clear if there is a G at the end of the obverse legend.

The Wolf and Twins reverse is one of the more common reverse types for silver denarii of Carausius, but this is only the second example with the legend RENOVA ROMAN that Sam Moorhead has seen. This coin is included in Sam Moorhead's corpus for RIC.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: National importance

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: Circa AD 293

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 3.9 g
Diameter: 19.26 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st September 2012 - Monday 12th November 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Angie Bolton
Identified by: Ms Angie Bolton
Secondary identifier: Dr Sam Moorhead

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: Possibly
Obverse description: Laureate, draped and cuirassed right
Obverse inscription: IMP CARAVSIVS P F AV(G?)

Reverse description: Wolf with twins
Reverse inscription: RENOVA ROMAN

Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine
Reverse mint mark: -//RSR
Status: Regular

Coin references

  • RIC : V, pt 2 p. 512, cf. no. 571

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Worcestershire (County)
District: Wychavon (District)
To be known as: Elmbridge

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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