Opinions on a very unusual Ae of Carausius

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Brian Bucklan, May 18, 2022.

  1. Brian Bucklan

    Brian Bucklan Well-Known Member

    I've had this coin for a while and just don't know what to make of it. It appears to "possibly" be a legitimate issue as the legends are perfectly legible and design looks ok, although it is a bit rough, however the design and legend do not match. Size is 23.2mm and 3.1gms. Here it is (not the greatest pic):

    Obv: IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG; Radiate bust right
    Rev: P(AX) AVG; Salus standing left holding rudder with left hand and feeding serpent coiled around patera with his right
    Carausius PAX AVG.jpg
    Obvious problem is that the reverse is not a PAX type, but is a SALVS AVGG type identical to one issued for Tetricus I ... but not for Carausius. What do you think, a barbarous issue or just a messed up reverse on an official type?
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  3. Ryro

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    I think barbarous is a good bet, in my humble opinion.
    My only Carausius to show just how humble:
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  4. nerosmyfavorite68

    nerosmyfavorite68 Well-Known Member

    The style kind of looks like my first mail order coin, a similar Carausius from Allen Berman.
  5. thejewk

    thejewk Well-Known Member

    Gilbert Askew in The Coinage of Roman Britain lists, under 'Colchester', a variety with PAX AVG holding a 'wreath and baton, javelin or rudder' and gives RIC 329 as a further reference. I don't have time to investigate further right now, but maybe it's worth looking further into that and seeing what gets lumped in with that.

    For me, it looks early and/or barbarous, but the waters are muddy when it comes to Carausius.
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