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LOT 0097

Sold for (Inc. bp): £12,705

ROMAN CARAUSIUS - VIRTUS RADIATE LION DENARIUS
(4.30 grams.).

286-287 AD, London mint. Obv: IMP CARAVSIVS P F AV, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Rev: VIR-TVS SAE-C, radiate lion walking left, holding thunderbolt in its jaws. Mintmark RSR in exergue. Extremely fine; excellent detail, some mint bloom present. Extremely rare (one other specimen believed in private hands).

PROVENANCE:
Found near Bicester, Oxfordshire, UK, 2012; recorded with Portable Antiquities Scheme (reference BUC-7A7BF7).

LITERATURE:
RIC V-II 592 variant (reverse legend); Sear 13543 variant (ditto); see Wildwinds.com (this coin).