Aureus of the Roman emperor Carausius by Unknown Artist

Gold coins of Carausius are extremely rare.


Diameter: 2 cm
Art Fund grant:
£43,500 ( Total: £145,000)
Acquired in:
Department for Culture, Media and Sport

This coin is one of only 25 known. The other examples are spread across a variety of British and European museums and a few are in private hands. This coin was struck at the mint of London, the main mint for Carausius. Therefore, this coin is a truly British object, from a period when Britannia was the core of a small break-away state from the Roman Empire. This coin will further enhance the British Museum's collection of 5 other gold pieces of Carausius. The other coin discovered at the same site has been acquired by Derby Museum with Art Fund help.


Discovered in Ashbourne, Derbyshire and declared Treasure in 2008.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8181

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