CARAUSIAN AUREI 

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The gold coins of Carausius are extremely rare with only little over a couple of dozen genuine examples being recorded. The recent appearance of a fake aureus and the discovery of two more genuine coins has persuaded me to put together this page illustrating all the examples known to me. Where weights are known for the illustrated specimens these too are noted.

Also where fakes have been encountered these too are identified and published here.

H numbers, next to the recorded weight, refer to H Huvelin, 'Monnayage d'or de Carausius', Revue Numismatique 1985, pp. 109-119. 

RIC Obverse Reverse Photograph
1

London mint

CARAVSIVS PF AVG

Laureate, cuirassed bust right

CONSERVAT AVG -/-//ML

Jupiter standing left holding thunderbolt & sceptre; eagle at foot

4.31 grammes (H 16)

British Museum collection, acquired 1799.

2

London mint

CARAVSIVS PF AVG

Laureate, cuirassed bust right

CONSERVATORI AVGGG -/-//ML

Hercules standing right in lion's skin, holding a bow and resting on club

a. 4.27 grammes (H 18)

British Museum collection, acquired 1864, ex Wigan bequest. Found at Newbury.

b. 4.56 grammes (H 17)

Hunterian museum, Glasgow.

a.

b.

-

London mint

VIRTVS CARAVSI

Helmeted, cuirassed bust left

 

ORIES AVG (sic)

Sol standing left holding globe and whip; captive at feet

4.29 grammes (H 11)

Ex Bunker Hunt sale, 4th December 1990, lot 98; NFA IV 1979, lot 911; B A Seaby February 1978; found in France before 1915. 

-

London mint

VIRTVS CARAVSI

Helmeted, cuirassed bust left

 

PAX AVG

Pax standing left holding olive branch and vertical sceptre

4.65 grammes (H -)

British Museum collection, acquired 2009, ex Ashbourne (Derbyshire) find 2007.

3 corr.

London mint

IMP CARAVSIVS PF AVG

Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right

PAX AVG -/-//VOT V

Pax standing left holding olive branch and vertical or transverse sceptre

4.14 grammes (H 14)

Ex Cripps collection; found at Cirencester before 1901. Original mishapen and the illustration is from a flattened electrotype.

4 corr.

London mint

IMP C CARAVSIVS PF AVG

Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right

PAX AVG -/-//MVLT X

Pax standing left holding olive branch and vertical sceptre

4.52 grammes (H 15)

Ex Evans collection, found near Neath Abbey, according to NC 1886, p 273, many years previously.

5

London mint

IMP CARAVSIVS PF AVG

Laureate, draped or draped and cuirassed bust right

PAX CARAVSI AVG

Pax standing left holding olive branch and vertical or transverse sceptre

a. 4.33 grammes (H 12)

Ex Evans and Lockett collections; found at Silchester in 1896. The coin was in the Evans sale, Lucerne III, lot 166, where it was bought by a London dealer (see SCMB 1954, p 283 enquiring about the current whereabouts of the coin).

b. 4.20 grammes (H 13)

Ex Numismatica Ars Classica 46, 4th Feb 2008, lot 684; Seaby list December 1976, 459. Found in Portswood in 1975.

a.

b.

 

6

London mint

CARAVSIVS PF AVG

Laureate, cuirassed bust right

SALVS AVGG (sic)

Salus standing left feeding serpent in arms

Do not have an image of this coin, does it really exist?
-

London mint

CARAVSIVS PF AVG

Laureate, cuirassed bust right

 

SALVS AVGGG -/-//ML

Salus standing right feeding serpent in arms

4.33 grammes (H 19)

ANS collection; ex Arras hoard, 1922

533

London mint

IMP C CARAVSIVS PF AVG

Laureate, draped bust right

LEG IIII FEL -/-//RSR

Lion walking right with thunderbolt in mouth

Do not have an image of this coin, does it really exist?
534

London mint

VIRTVS CARAVSI

Radiate, helmeted, cuirassed bust left holding spear and shield

ROMANO RENOVA -/-//RSR

She wolf standing right suckling Romulus and Remus

4.33 grammes (H 10)

Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; ex Rollin & Feuardent, 1847; ex Pembroke collection; foud prior to 1718.

621 corr.

Rouen mint

IMP CARAVSIVS AVG

Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right

CONCORDIA MILITV

Concordia standing left holding two standards

a. 4.80 grammes (H 1)

Ex Bourgey December 1978, no. 163

b. 4.25 grammes (H 2)

Ex Trau sale, 1935, no.3482 

a.

b.

622

Rouen mint

IMP C CARAVSIVS PF AVG

Laureate, cuirassed bust right

CONCORDIA MILITVM

Emperor standing right clasping hand of Concordia standing left

Do not have an image of this coin, does it really exist?
623

Rouen mint

IMP C CARAVSIVS PF AVG

Laureate, cuirassed bust left in imperial mantle

CONCORDIA MILITVM

Emperor standing right clasping hand of Concordia standing left

a. 3.61 grammes (H 6)

Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; ex Rollin & Feuardent, December 1846; possibly found in the UK.

b. 4.77 grammes (H 7)

Ex Baldwins; found at Wroxeter

a.

b.

624 corr.

Rouen mint

IMP CARAVSIVS AVG

Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right

CONCORDIA MILITVM

Emperor standing right clasping hand of Concordia standing left

a. 4.54 grammes (H 3)

British Museum collection, acquired 1963

b. 4.58 grammes (H 4)

Berlin collection, described by Stukeley in 1759

c. 4.70 grammes (H -)

2007 find, along with the gold helmeted PAX AVG.

d. 4.86 grammes (H 5)

Ex Evans sale, 1934, lot 1836; current location not known

a.

b.

c.

d.

-

Rouen mint

IMP C CARAVSIVS AV

Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right

LAETITIA IVI AVG NOS C

Galley right

4.61 grammes (H 8)

Rouen mint

IMP C CARAVSIVS AV

Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right

 
OPES IVI AVG

Figure (Abundantia?) standing left holding bunch of grapes(?) and cornucopia

4.55 grammes (H 9)

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; ex Trau sale, 1935, lot 3483; found at Chester

-

London mint

MAXIMIANVS PF AVG

Laureate bust left

COMES AVGGG -/-//ML

Virtus standing right holding vertical spear and shield

5.60 grammes (H20)

ANS collection; ex Arras hoard, 1922

three emperors 32

London mint

MAXIMIANVS PF AVG

Laureate, cuirassed bust right

SALVS AVGGG -/-//ML

Salus standing right feeding serpent in arms

a. 4.31 grammes (H 21)

British Museum

b. 4.27 grammes (H 22)

British Museum collection

c. 3.95 grammes (H 23)

Current location not known

 

a.

b.

 

c.

FAKES

  CARAVSIVS PF AVG

Laureate, cuirassed bust right

 

 

CONSERVAT AVG -/-//ML

Jupiter standing left holding thunderbolt & sceptre; eagle at foot

This was offered for sale on Ebay in February 2009. It is light weight at 2.3 grammes and is clearly copied/cast from RIC 1

IBSCC BOCS vol 17 (1992), no.1, fig 24a CARAVSIVS PF AVG

Laureate, cuirassed bust right

 

CONSERVATORI AVGGG -/-//ML

Jupiter standing left holding thunderbolt & sceptre

4.49 grammes

IBSCC BOCS vol 23 (1998), no.1/2, fig 1a VIRTVS CARAVSI

Radiate, helmeted, cuirassed bust left

 
ORIES AVG (sic)

Sol standing left holding globe and whip; captive at feet

4.13 grammes

 

IBSCC BOCS vol 17 (1992), no.1, fig 25a IMP C CARAVSIVS PF AVG

Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right

PAX AVG -/-//MVLT X

Pax standing left holding olive branch and vertical sceptre

4.53 grammes

  IMP C CARAVSIVS PF AVG

Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right

PAX AVG -/-//MVLT X

Pax standing left holding olive branch and vertical sceptre

4.49 grammes