SOM-EA5770: Roman coin: Radiate of Carausius

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Unique ID: SOM-EA5770

Object type certainty: Certain
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A Roman copper-alloy radiate of Carausius dating to the period AD 286 to 293 (Reece period 14). AEQVIT[AS AVG] reverse type depicting Aequitas standing left holding scales in her right hand and a cornucopiae in left. Possibly Mint of London, -//(ML). Sam Moorhead has another example of this type with a London mintmark in his corpus for the new RIC for Carausius and Allectus. For an unmarked example cf. RIC V.ii, p. 526; no. 736. 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: Exactly AD 286
Date to: Exactly AD 293

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 19.9 mm
Width: 18.1 mm
Thickness: 2.2 mm
Weight: 3.29 g
Diameter: 19.9 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st January 2014 - Wednesday 13th August 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Robert Webley
Identified by: Mr Robert Webley
Secondary identifier: Dr Sam Moorhead

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 16732

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Radiate (antoninianus)
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Carausius
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 14 [275-296]
Mint or issue place: Londinium
Mint qualifier: Probably
Obverse description: Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust facing right
Obverse inscription: [... CARA]VSIVS P [A]V[G]

Reverse description: Aequitas standing left, holding scales in right hand and cornucopiae in left
Reverse inscription: [AE]QVI-T[AS AVG]

Die axis measurement: 11 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine
Reverse mint mark: -//(ML)
Status: Regular
Status qualifier: Certain

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Kingsdon CP

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
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland

References cited

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