FASAM-D129A5: Possible medallion of Carausius obv

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Unique ID: FASAM-D129A5

Object type certainty: Possibly
Workflow status: Published Find published

Copper alloy coin or medallion with a diameter of 36mm and a weight of 13.23g.

This piece is incredibly worn. On the obverse there is a faint trace of a bust right which might have the features of Carausius (AD 286-93) - sadly this cannot be captured on a photograph. Although this might seem far-fetched, the British Museum has a medallion of Carausius which measures 38mm in diameter and weighs 13.21g. The BM piece is made of orichalcum (brass) and appears to have been overstruck on an earlier dupondius of the first of second centuries AD. It is just possible that this new find is similar. However, this will always remain speculative. 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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 13.23 g
Diameter: 38 mm

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Medallion
Denomination qualifier: Possibly
Ruler/issuer: Carausius
Primary ruler qualifier: Possibly
Reece period: Period 14 [275-296]
Obverse description: Traces of a bust right, possibly with the features of Carausius
Obverse inscription: [ ]

Reverse description: Indiscernible
Reverse inscription: [ ]

Degree of wear: Extremely worn: poor
Status: Regular
Status qualifier: Certain

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lancashire (County)
District: Lancaster (District)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SD4660
Four figure Latitude: 54.03314373
Four figure longitude: -2.82593485
1:25K map: SD4660
1:10K map: SD46SE
Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: FASAM
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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