Carausius                286 - 293

Carausius came from a sailing background and thanks to his abilities in this area he was commissioned by Maximianus to build a fleet to control the widespread pirating along the coasts of Gaul and Britain. Carausius was successful in this regard but it was soon discovered that he was personally profiting from the loot seized from the pirates. When Carausius heard that an arrest warrant had been issued for him he fled to Britain and declared himself emperor. Taking advantage of the fact that Maximianus had bigger headaches at the moment with fighting German barbarians, Carausius quickly rallied an army together and brought Britain under his firm control. In a silent appeal to be legitimately recognized by the greater empire, he issued coins commemorating his "fellow" emperors Maximianus and Diocletian. This tactic did little to appease either, of course, and Maximianus dispatched Constantius Chlorus to deal with him. In the meantime, Carausius was murdered by one of his own men, Allectus, who felt ready to take a stab at being emperor himself.


Obv-IMP C CARAVSIVS PF AVG Radiate Bust Right.

Rev-PAX AVG Pax standing left, holding olive branch and sceptre, S P accross field.

Obv-IMP CARAVSIVS P AVG Radiate Bust Right.

Rev-SPES PVBLICA Spes standing left, holding flower and hitching skirt, S and C in left and right fields.