Gold medallion of Constantius I Chlorus
Roman, AD 296
Minted at Trier, Germany
Britain rejoins the Roman Empire!
In AD 296 Britain was again annexed to the Roman Empire after the ten-year rule of the usurpers Carausius and Allectus. They had governed Britain as self-styled emperors, but were not recognized as legitimate by the emperor Diocletian and his allies on the Continent.
The leader of
the expedition to Britain was Constantius I Chlorus, who was deputy
emperor, or Caesar, in the western half of the empire (AD 293-306).
This presentation medallion was struck to commemorate the
reconquest. On the obverse (front) we see Constantius wearing the
conqueror's laurel wreath. On the reverse it shows him
P.J. Casey, Carausius and Allectus, the Br (Yale, 1995)
S. Corcoran, The empire of the tetrarchs: i (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 2000)