Aureus of the Roman Emperor Carausius by Unknown Artist

Gold coins of Carausius are extremely rare.


Diameter: 19-21 cm
Art Fund grant:
£30,000 ( Total: £55,000)
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 Rouen, where Carausius briefly had a mint, and is only the fourth gold aureus of Carausius of its type. The other coin discovered at the same site has been acquired by the British Museum with Art Fund help.


Discovered in Ashbourne, Derbyshire and declared Treasure in 2008.

Venue details

Derby Museum and Art Gallery The Strand, DERBY Derbyshire DE1 1BS 01332 641 901

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