Friday, June 06, 2008

Gold Coins of Roman British Usurper Found

The number of known gold coins of would-be Roman Emperor Carausius recently increased from 23 to 25 specimens.

The two newly uncovered examples depict Carausius, who helped himself to Roman Britain as his own private fiefdom in 286 A.D.

There is excitement among museum curators, collectors and the machinery sales manager who found the two coins in a field near Ashbourne, Derbys, but the real story is the proof that once again Britain's Treasure Trove laws work, while demands in other countries that all antiquities and coins found in the ground are cultural patrimony and therefore must be turned over to the government without any reimbursement possibility to the finder simply drive the finds underground. . . .

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