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ID:     79001218
Type:     Roman Imperial
Issuer:     Carausius
Date Ruled:     AD 286-293
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Denarius
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 286-293
Weight:     4.70 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Legend:     IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG
Obverse Description:     Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
Reverse Legend:     ORIENS AVG / RSR
Reverse Description:     Sol standing facing, head left, raising hand and holding globe
Mint:     Uncertain
Primary Reference:     RIC 0570
Reference2:     Shiel 063 (same dies)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Good VF, toned, minor porosity
Notes:     Sale: CNG 79, Lot: 1218 Very rare From the Gordon S. Parry Collection. Ex The New York Sale I (3 December 1998), lot 350. RSR has traditionally been viewed as a mintmark, denoting either Rouen, Rotomagus, or a mint on the site of modern Richborough, where excavations have yielded the highest concentration of Carausius’ denarii at a single site. More recently, though, G. de la BÉdoyÈre, ("Carausius and the Marks RSR and I.N.P.C.D.A.," NC 1998, pp. 79-88) has interpreted RSR as a quote from Virgil's Eclogues iv.6-7: Redeunt Saturnia Regna. Very rare. The finest example of only three known.