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RIC Volume V, Part II - Carausius


Carausius, Antoninianus, 292-293, London
IMP C CARAVSIVS P F AVG
Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right
PA_X-AVG
Pax standing left, branch in right hand, scepter in left
S | P across fields
ML in exergue
20mm x 22mm, 3.79g
RIC V, Part II, 98 (C)


Carausius, Antoninianus, 289-290, London
IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG
Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right
PA_X-AVG
Pax standing left, branch in right hand, vertical scepter in left
F | O across fields
ML in exergue
22mm x 24mm, 4.15g
RIC V, Part II, 101 (C)


Imitative issue of Carausius, Antoninianus, 289-290, London
IM CARAVSIVS P F AVC (all A and V disjointed as II)
Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right
PA_X-AVG
Pax standing facing, head left, branch upward in right hand, vertical scepter in left
F | O across fields
Exergue off flan
20mm x 23mm, 3.66g
Imitating RIC V, Part II, 101 (C)


Carausius, Antoninianus, 289-290, London
IMP CARASIVS P F AVG
Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right
PA_X-AVG
Pax standing left, branch in right hand, vertical scepter in left
F | O across fields
ML in exergue
23mm x 26mm, 3.48g
RIC V, Part II, 101 variant

Note: Variant for obverse legend - the emperor's name is misspelled - IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG expected


Carausius, Antoninianus, 289-290, London
IMP C CARAVSIVS P F AV
Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right
PAX-AVG
Pax standing left, branch in right hand, vertical scepter in left
F | O across fields
20mm x 21mm, 3.38g
RIC V, Part II, 110 (R)

Note: Overstruck on an antoninianus of Victorinus with SALVS AVG reverse. IMP C VI visible on obverse, S AVG and half of the central devices visible on reverse.


Carausius, Antoninianus, 287-293, London
IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG
Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right
LM-SAL_VS AVG
Salus standing facing, head left, feeding snake coiled round altar at left from patera in right hand, vertical scepter in left
22mm, 3.60g
RIC V, Part II, -- (cf. RIC 155 for reverse type)

Note: Possibly unpublished with mint mark in legend on reverse instead of exergue. The use of ML and no field marks is assigned in RIC to 288-289 and LM as a mintmark is unlisted entirely. RIC 27 does show an exergual mark of LM with L retrograde and field mark of V. The other explanation is this is an imitative specimen in excellent style.


Carausius, Antoninianus, 287-293, London
IMP C CARAVSIVS P F AVG
Radiate, cuirassed bust right
SALVS-AVGGG
Salus standing right, feeding snake in right arm from patera in left hand
S | P across fields
MLXXI in exergue
21mm x 23mm, 3.39g
RIC V, Part II, 164 (S)

Note: The AVGGG in the reverse legend was Carausius's attempt to legitimize his usurpation by claiming his equality with the two recognized augusti - Diocletian and Maximianus.


Carausius, Antoninianus, 290-293, Camulodunum
IMP C CARAVSIVS P AVG
Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right
PROV_ID AVG
Providentia standing left, globe in right hand, cornucopiae in left
S | P across fields
C in exergue
21mm x 24mm, 4.14g
RIC V, Part II, 354 (C)


Carausius, Antoninianus, 286-293, "Issues marked S, SC and SP"
IMP C CARAVSIVS P F AVG
Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right
MONET_A AVG
Moneta standing left, scales in right hand, cornucopiae in left
S | C across fields
22mm x 24mm, 4.43g
RIC V, Part II, 470 (S)


Carausius, Antoninianus, 286-293, "Issues marked S, SC and SP"
IMP C CARAVSIVS P F AVG
Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right
PA_X-AVG
Pax standing left, branch in right hand, vertical scepter in left
S | C across fields
22mm x 25mm, 4.27g
RIC V, Part II, 475 (C)


Carausius, Antoninianus, 286-293, Uncertain Mint
IMP C CARAVSIVS AVGG
Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right
FIDES-M_I_LITVM
Fides standing facing, head left, ensign in each hand
21mm x 24mm, 4.49g
RIC V, Part II, -- (cf. RIC 781-783 for reverse type)
Ex Vogelaar Collection of Roman Britain

Note: The obverse legend ending with AVGG is unrecorded in RIC for this reverse type, but is recorded with P F AVGG (MONITA AVG, RIC 867). The types with AVGG obverse legend predate the pieces with AVGGG reverse where Carausius attempt to legitimize his usurpation by claiming equality with Diocletian and Maximianus.


Carausius, Antoninianus, 286-293, "Unattributed Mint"
IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG
Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right
PA_X-AVG
Pax standing facing, head left, branch upward in right hand, vertical scepter in left
24mm, 4.16g
RIC V, Part II, 880 (C)

Note: RIC footnotes on p. 535 "The ordinary PAX coins form the greater part of the coinage of Carausius and specimens without mint-marks are very numerous." RIC lists 57 different PAX AVG coins without mint marks on pp. 535-8, but does not attempt to assign them to a specific mint.


Carausius, Antoninianus, 286-293, "Unattributed Mint"
IMP CARAVSIVS P F A
Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right, aegis on left shoulder (?)
PAS-A_VG
Pax standing facing, head right, branch upward in left hand, cornucopiae in right
20mm x 21mm, 3.52g
RIC V, Part II, -- 

Note: RIC only lists one coin with reverse legend PAS AVG (RIC 873 - Aequitas standing left with scales and cornucopiae).


Carausius, Antoninianus, 286-293, "Unattributed Mint"
IMP CARAVSIVS P AVG
Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right
PAX-[AVG]
Pax standing facing, head left, branch upward in right hand, vertical scepter in left
20mm x 21mm, 3.41g
RIC V, Part II, 881 (C)

Carausius Issues in the names of Diocletian and Maximianus

Carausius in the name of Diocletian, Antoninianus, 286-293, Camulodunum
IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG
Radiate, cuirassed bust right
PAX-A_VGGG
Pax standing facing, head left, branch upward in right hand, vertical scepter in left
S | P across fields
C in exergue
22mm x 23mm, 3.58g
RIC V, Part II, 21 (R)