BM-771147: Roman coin: Radiate of Carausius

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Unique ID: BM-771147

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A copper-alloy Roman radiate of Carausius (AD 286-293), dating to the period AD 286-293 (Reece period 14). Possibly P[AX AVG]; Pax standing left holding olive branch and vertical sceptre. Mint of London, - // ML. RIC V, pt 2, p. 473, cf. no. 115. If this is the correct identification, it is the fifth coin of its type see by Sam Moorhead in his corpus for RIC.

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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: 3.26 g
Diameter: 22 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st January 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Andrew Brown
Identified by: Dr Andrew Brown
Secondary identifier: Dr Sam Moorhead

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, helmeted and cuirassed bust left holding spear and shield
Obverse inscription: [CAR]AVSI-VS AVG

Reverse description: ?Pax standing left holding olive-branch and vertical sceptre
Reverse inscription: P[AX AVG?]

Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Reverse mint mark: -//ML
Status: Regular
Status qualifier: Certain

Coin references

  • RIC : V, pt 2 p. 472, cf. no. 115

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cambridgeshire (County)
District: South Cambridgeshire (District)
To be known as: Foxton

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on field
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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