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Home > Catalog > Roman Coins > The Secessionist Empires > Carausius > RA73241
Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.
Legio VIII Augusta was created by Pompey. It fought the Gallic Wars for Caesar and crossed the Rubicon with him; however, at Thapsus it fought against him. The legion fought in Egypt and later participated in the invasion of Britain. In 69 A.D. it declared for Vitellius. Soon after, it moved to the Rhine frontier where they served for more than 400 years. An inscription from 371 A.D. recorded the legion was then stationed at Argentoratum (Strasbourg). There may have been a detachment serving in Britain at the time of Carausius' revolt. Septimius Severus used the legion in his Parthian war.
RA73241. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 77 (R2); Hunter IV 11; Webb Carausius 97 - 99; Cohen VII 145; Askew 150; SRCV IV 13616, Fair, corrosion, Londinium (London, England) mint, weight 3.034g, maximum diameter 21.7mm, die axis 270o, 286 - 288 A.D.; obverse IMP C CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate and draped bust right; reverse LEG VIII AVG, bull standing right, ML in exergue (or blank?); from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; very rare; $85.00

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