For 1,800 years the story of the ‘lost British emperor’ who defied ancient Rome has been merely a footnote in history books. Carausius’s audacious seizure of power and seven-year reign over Britain and much of Gaul have largely been forgotten. But thanks to astonishing discovery of “52,000 Roman coins” — buried in a gigantic clay jar and weighing as much as two men – bear the image of Carausius. The discovery was made by hospital chef Dave Crisp using a metal detector.
“The coins span 40 years from AD253 to AD293 and the great majority are ‘radiates’ made from debased silver or bronze. The hoard was the equivalent of four years of pay for a Roman legionary – and could now fetch at least “250,000. Weighing 350lb, the coins may have been buried as an offering for a good harvest or favourable weather.”