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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Secessionist Empires| > |Carausius| > RA01826
Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.
|Carausius|, |Romano-British| |Empire,| |Carausius,| |Mid| |286| |-| |Spring| |or| |Early| |Summer| |293| |A.D.|, The I in the obverse legend is unusual. It abbreviates invictus, Latin meaning invincible. We know this from a milestone from Carlisle with his name on it. The inscription reads (with expansions in square brackets) "IMP[eratori] C[aesari] M[arco] / AVR[elio] MAVS[aeo] / CARAVSIO P[io] F[elici] / INVICTO AVG[usto]," this translates as "For the Emperor Caesar Marcus Aurelius Mausaeus Carausius Pius Felix Invictus Augustus."

Pax, regarded by the ancients as a goddess, was worshiped not only at Rome but also at Athens. Her altar could not be stained with blood. Claudius began the construction of a magnificent temple to her honor, which Vespasian finished, in the Via Sacra. The attributes of Peace are the hasta pura, the olive branch, the cornucopia, and often the caduceus. Sometimes she is represented setting fire to a pile of arms.
RA01826. Billon antoninianus, Webb Carausius 533; RIC V-2 482 (S); Hunter IV -; SRCV IV -, VF, unmarked mint, weight 3.11g, die axis 180o, c. mid 292 - early summer 293; obverse IMP C CARAVSIVS P F I AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, long necked tetrarchic portrait; reverse PAX AVG (the peace of the Emperor), Pax standing left, raising branch in right hand, long scepter in left hand, S - P flanking across field; from the Aiello Collection; SOLD











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