The First British Empire: Some Observations on the Coinage of Carausius AD 287 to 293 – Duncan Russell

This article provides a ‘whistle-stop’ examination of the coinage of the British usurper Carausius illustrating its crude beginnings and highlighting the probable use of ‘Artisans’ formerly producing the ‘Barbarous Radiates’ that filled the gap created by a dearth of Official Coinage in the 20+ years since the fall of the Gallo-Roman Empire in AD 273. That Carausius’ Administration succeeded in stabilising the money supply and improving the quality of the coinage is clearly a triumph of organisation, and is a suitable epitaph to an extraordinary individual.