Carausius
Carausius

286 - 293 A.D.

Carausius came from a sailing background and thanks to his abilities in this area he was commissioned by Maximianus to build a fleet to control the widespread pirating along the coasts of Gaul and Britain. Carausius was successful in this regard but it was soon discovered that he was personally profitting from the loot seized from the pirates. When Carausius heard that an arrest warrant had been issued for him he fled to Britain and declared himself emperor. Taking advantage of the fact that Maximianus had bigger headaches at the moment with fighting German barbarians, Carausius quickly rallied an army together and brought Britain under his firm control. In a silent appeal to be legitimately recognized by the greater empire, he issued coins commemorating his "fellow" emperors Maximianus and Diocletian. This tactic did little to appease either, of course, and Maximianus dispatched Constantius Chlorus to deal with him. In the meantime, Carausius was murdered by one of his own men, Allectus, who felt ready to take a stab at being emperor himself.

AE Antoninianus

RIC 1 AE Antoninianus Obv: CARAVSIVSETFRATRESSVI, jugate, radiate and cuirassed busts of Maximianus, Diocletian and Carausius left
Rev: PAXAVGGG, Pax standing left, holding olive-branch and vertical sceptre.


RIC 50 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCARAVSIVSPFAVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev: LAETITIAAVG Exe: F O/ML, Laetitia standing left, holding wreath and staff. Lot sold for $385 1/16/02.


RIC 69 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCARAVSIVSPFAVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: LEGIIIIFL Exe: ML, lion walking right.


RIC 98 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCCARAUSIVSPFAVG; radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PAXAVG; Pax standing l. holding branch and transverse scepter.


RIC 101 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCCARAUSIVSPFAVG; radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PAXAVG; Pax standing l. holding branch and transverse scepter.


RIC 121 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCCARAUSIVSPFAVG; radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PAXAVG; Pax standing l. holding branch and transverse scepter.


RIC 155 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCARAVSIVSPFAVG, radiate and draped bust right.
Rev: SALVSAVG, Salus standing left, holding scepter and feeding from patera serpent arising from altar. Lot sold for $200 1/16/02.


RIC 164 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCCARAVSIVSPFAVG, radiate and draped bust right.
Rev: SALVSAVGG Exe: S/D/MLXXI, Salus standing, holding transverse scepter.


RIC 250a AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCARAVSIVSPFAVG, radiate and draped bust right.
Rev: LAETITAVG Exe: C; Laetitia standing left holding anchor.


RIC 274v AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCARAVSIVSPFAVG, radiate and draped bust right.
Rev: LEGVIICLAVG, bull walking right. Lot sold for $750 1/16/02.


RIC 334 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCCARAVSIVSPFAVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PAXAVGGG; Pax standing left holding olive branch and scepter.


RIC 361 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCCARAVSIVSPFINAVG, Radiate cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PROVIDAVGG, Providentia standing left holding cornucopia and baton pointing to globe at her feet. Lot sold for $86 2/26/02.


RIC 484 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCCARAVSIVSPFAVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PAXAVG, Pax standing left, holding branch and transverse scepter.


RIC 880 AE Antoninianus Obv: Radiate cuirassed bust.
Rev: Pax standing holding branch and scepter.


VM 22 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCARAVSIVSPFAVG, radiate, draped bust right.
Rev: LAETITAVG, Laetitia standing left holding spear and wreath.


Unlisted AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCARAVSIVSPFAV, radiate and draped bust right
Rev: VIRTVSAVG, Carausius advancing right, holding spear and shield and trampling foe. Lot sold for $350 1/16/02.