BH-317DB7: Roman coin: radiate of Carausius

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Unique ID: BH-317DB7

Object type certainty: Certain
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A copper-alloy radiate of Carausius, dating to the period AD c. 286-293 (Reece period 14). PAX AVG reverse depicting Pax standing left, holding branch and transverse sceptre. Mint of London, S P // MLXXI. RIC V (part II), pp. 473-474, nos. 116-118 var.* Diameter: 23.5mm; thickness: 1.5mm. Weight: 3.36g. One other specimen of this coin is known in the Ashmolean Museum. This coin is included in Sam Moorhead's corpus for RIC.


*None of the coins in the current RIC match this listing in terms of combination of obverse bust type, legend and reverse mintmark, although all of these elements are noted in separate coin listings.

Find of note status

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

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: 1.5 mm
Weight: 3.36 g
Diameter: 23.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st July 2015

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 15/111 - 56

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: Certain
Obverse description: Radiate, cuirassed bust left, spear over right shoulder.
Obverse inscription: VIRTVS CARAVSI AVG

Reverse description: Pax standing left, holding branch and transverse sceptre.
Reverse inscription: [PAX A]V[G]

Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine
Reverse mint mark: S P//MLXXI
Status: Regular
Status qualifier: Certain

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Buckinghamshire (County)
District: Aylesbury Vale (District)
To be known as: Haddenham

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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