Jump to content

Carausius upgrade - and a cheapie for the Coin Cabinet


GregH
 Share

Recommended Posts

Carausius - the first emperor of Britain! I have wanted a decent coin of this secessionist emperor for a long time. Mostly his coins are wretched, barbarous and with blundered legends, like this old thing:

IMG_4934.jpg.886ce0049bfb39501c39571e8e279b56.jpgIMG_4933.jpg.1fd9375b5ba921792fcb8be56f37a2db.jpg

So here's the upgrade. Not perfect, some minor flatness,

carausius.jpg.de7abc930439addf83da9b07dc9c5512.jpg

 

Still, quite a magnificent piece given how horrible many of his coins are. I'm happy with it!

Fun fact: Carausius was a sea captain - his earlier coins make him look rough and thuggish, and on his later coins he's more clean-cut. I'm imagining a Romano-British Captain Haddock.

Is anyone interested in my wretched old coin? I might pop it in the coin cabinet at a bargain basement price.

 

 

 

  • Like 19
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Very nice upgrade, @GregH! Well-done! Very high-grade for the type. Mine's not exactly FDC.

Carausius PAX AVG antoninianus.jpg
Carausius, AD 286-293.
Roman billon antoninianus, 2.91 g, 21.2 mm, 3 h.
Uncertain British mint.
Obv: IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate (draped and cuirassed?) bust, right.
Rev: PAX AVG, Pax standing left, holding olive branch and cornucopiae.
Refs: RIC --; RCV --.
Notes: Other specimens of this type in: Blackmoor Hoard (20440-1), the British Museum, Ashmolean Museum (Oxford) and Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge).

  • Like 13
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Ae Antoninianus of Carausius Minted at London 286-293 AD Obv Bust right radiate draped and cuirassed Rv Pax standing left holding olive branch and scepter. RIC 101 3.48 grms 23 mm Photo by W. Hansen

 

carausius1.jpg.c7ac89f1fff7ca91e56d770e26feed9a.jpg

I bought this coin at the NYINC back in January. In many respects this coin is the antithesis of everything I want in a coin these days but I liked it and bought it none the less. Still happy

  • Like 10
  • Heart Eyes 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...