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medallion

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1967,0901.1

  • Description

    Copper alloy medallion.(obverse) Laureate bust of Carausius, left, wearing consular mantle and holding eagle-tipped sceptre.
    (reverse) Victory in two-horse chariot or biga, right.

  • State

    • Roman Empire
  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 287
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Weight: 21.61 grammes
    • Die-axis: 6 o'clock
    • Diameter: 35 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        VICTORIA CARAVSI AVG
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse exergue
      • Inscription Content

        I.N.P.C.D.A
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Iam Nova Progenies Caelo Demittitur Alto
      • Inscription Translation

        'Now a new generation is let down from Heaven above'
      • Inscription Comment

        quote from Virgil Eclogues iv. 7
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        IMP C M AV CARAVSIVS P F AVG
  • Curator's comments

    The consular portrait suggests that the consulship was one of the Roman institutions copied by Carausius.
    For the explanation of the reverse exergue inscription see G. de la Bedoyere, 'The Golden Age of Roman Britain' (Stroud 1999), pp. 34-5. Interestingly this phrase was used to describe the restoration of the monarchy in England, 1660, with the reign of Charles II. (See 1870,0514.306).

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  • Bibliography

    • PCR 1129 bibliographic details
    • Toynbee 1986 Pl.XXX no. 4 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G68/dc2/p4

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1935

  • Acquisition notes

    Not registered until 1967. Once part of a collection formed in the north of England - see British Museum Quarterly, vol. 37, 1973, 1.

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number

    1967,0901.1

Alloy medallion.

Alloy medallion.

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