Carausius, AD 286 to 293. AE antoninianus. Possibly struck on an Alexandrian tetradrachm.

Ancient Coins - Carausius, AD 286 to 293. AE antoninianus.    Possibly struck on an Alexandrian tetradrachm.
zoom view

Carausius, AD 287-293

Denomination : AE antoninianus.

Mint : There is no mint mark, which is assumed to mean coins minted at London.

Size : 18.0 x 19.3 X 3.4 mm.  Weight : 5.88 grams.

Reference : Sear - 3579 variety.

Grade :  XF.

Obverse : Head of Carausius right, with IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG around.  The tops of some letters are off the flan.

Reverse : Pax standing left holding a branch and sceptre, with PAX AVG around (the first part of the inscription is off the flan).  There is not mint mark, and based on the positioning of the letters around the central figure of PAX, this coin never had a mint mark.

This coin is much smaller, and thicker than a normal Carausius antoninianus.  The flan size, thickness and edge characteristics are virtually identical to Alexandrian tetradrachms struck at about this same date The weight at 5.88 grams is slightly below normal for such tetradrachms, but still within the possible range (note Milne #4938 at 4.75 grams, #4898 at 5.93 grams, #4855 at 5.92 grams, and #4837 at 5.35 grams).

The strike on this coin is very strong, and if there ever was an undertype, it has been completely obliterated.  We will never now for sure if it was struck on a tetradrachm, but it is possible.

 

 

Price SKU: vcoin1072
US$ 275.00
  • € 239.76
  • £ 211.03
  • AUD 385.17
  • CHF 273.83
  • CAD 358.36

Rates for: 10/19/18

Ships from: Canada
Sold