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ID:     721750
Type:     Roman Imperial
Issuer:     Carausius
Date Ruled:     Romano-British Emperor, AD 286-293
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Denarius
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 286-293
Weight:     4.18 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Legend:     IMP CARAVSIVS P E AVG (sic)
Obverse Description:     Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
Reverse Legend:     F_ELIC_ITA AVG
Reverse Description:     Galley right with four rowers; waves below; RSR
Exergue:     RSR
Mint Mark:     RSR
Mint:     Uncertain
Primary Reference:     RIC 0560 var. (obv. legend)
Reference2:     Shiel 49-50 var. (same)
Reference3:     RSC 050 var. (same)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     EF, lightly toned
Notes:     Sale: CNG 72, Lot: 1750 Exceptional metal for issue 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 Vergil's Eclogues iv.6-7: Redeunt Saturnia Regna.