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LOT 8003

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Ancient Roman Imperial Coins - Carausius - Unique London Mint - AR Seated Fortuna Denarius

286-287 AD

'RSR' mint (possibly London). Obv: IMP CARAVSIVS P AVG legend with laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Rev: FORTVNA AVG legend with Fortuna seated left on wheel, holding rudder and cornucopia; mintmark RSR in exergue. 3.44 grams (18.73 mm). Near very fine. Unique.

Provenance
Property of a Greater Manchester collector since the 1980s; believed found near Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire, UK; thence by descent 1992; recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) with reference number FASAM-C93A3E; accompanied by a copy of the PAS report; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.10982-181142.

Published
See Portable Antiquities Scheme, reference FASAM-C93A3E (this coin, with a printout of the PAS record).

Literature
RIC v(ii), p.511, no.567 (variant); RSC 66 variant; see Sear 13518 for general type.

Footnotes
Reece Period 14.
The Portable Antiquities Scheme record states: 'This is a find of note and has been designated: For inclusion in British Numismatic Journal ‘Coin Register’ - 'This is the third example of coin with a seated Fortuna on a silver denarius of Carausius. The other two specimens are of RIC 567 with the obverse IMP C CARAVSIVS P F AV. This coin, with the obverse legend IMP CARAVSIVS F AVG, is therefore a new variety. It is likely that the F in the obverse legend is a poorly cut P. The style of the coin is not as compact and neat as that of the other two coins.'
Sear states of the 'RSR' mintmark (vol. v, pt. 2, p.508): 'This mint-mark is very unusual; the coins appear to be of London, and may probably be attributed on style and size to the period immediately after the Peace of A.D. 289.'