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Sale: Triton VI, Lot: 1074. Estimate $10000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 13 January 2003. 
Sold For $25000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CARAUSIUS, DIOCLETIAN and MAXIMIANUS. 287-293 AD. Æ Antoninianus (4.16 gm). Camulodunum mint, struck circa 292-293 AD. CARAVSIVS ET FRATRES SVI, jugate radiate and cuirassed busts of Maximianus, Diocletian and Carausius left / PAX AVGGG, Pax standing left, holding olive-branch and vertical sceptre; S P/C. RIC V pt. 2, 1; N. Shiel, "Carausius et Fratres Sui," BNJ 48 (1978), pg. 8, 10; R.A.G. Carson, "Carausius et Fratres Sui: A Reconsideration," in SPNO, 5. EF, choice dark green patina. Rare, and one of the finest known specimens. ($10,000)

According to Shiel, this issue portrays Carausius' propaganda policies within his own sphere of influence. It was important not so much the way he was viewed by those outside of his domain, but rather how he was perceived by his own subjects, and thus the fraternal aspect of the obverse portraiture.