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The Romano-British Empire (A.D. c.287-296)
Carausius (A.D. c.287-293) and Allectus (A.D. 293-296)
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RB112 - ROMAN BRITAIN, The 'Romano-British Empire', Allectus (A.D.293-296), Bronze Antoninianus, 3.55g., 'C' or G mint (Colchester?, Cirencester?, Gloucester?), cuirassed radiate draped bust right, IMP C ALLECTVS P F AVG, rev., FIDES MILITVM, Fides standing left, holding one or two ensigns, S C in field, C or G in exergue, (RIC 69), concave flan, poor. $75 SOLD


Historical Background
M. Aurelius Mausaeus Carausius was the naval commander in charge of the fleet charged with combating the threat of Frankish and Saxon pirates in the English Channel and the North Sea. Following allegations of piracy leveled against him by the emperor Maximianus, he proclaimed himself emperor in Britain and a small enclave in northern France. His innovative and varied coinage is a testament to his ability to hold together a separatist regime in Britain for six years until his murder by his own subordinate Allectus in A.D. 293. A master propagandist, as his coin types also reflect; he unilaterally assumed membership of Diocletian's collegiate government and even issued coins in the names of his fellow emperors at his two mints in Britain.
Claudius to Commodus Severan Campaigns Carausius and Allectus The London Mint under the Tetrarchy and Constantine I