Roman Collector Posted July 2, 2022 · Patron Share Posted July 2, 2022 (edited) A few years ago, I acquired this antoninianus of Carausius. It's a bit strange because there are no mint or field marks whatsoever and it is not listed in RIC or Sear. The reverse type is the mirror image of RIC 927. I contacted Sam Moorhead of the British Museum, who is currently writing the new edition of the relevant volume of RIC, which will provide a much-needed update about the coinage of Carausius. He replied: "This coin is probably irregular, but I am including such pieces in an ‘Aberrant Type’ section because the line between official and irregular gets really blurred with Carausius. There are numerous types with PAX AVG which are not the standard branch and sceptre types. It is the tenth specimen I have recorded of such a piece. There were two in the Blackmoor Hoard (20440-1) and the BM, Ashmolean and Fitzwilliam all have examples, so yours is in good company!" 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). Let's see your coins of Carausius! Edited July 2, 2022 by Roman Collector I have OCD 14 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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