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A farmer in the English Midlands has uncovered two rare gold coins from the 3rd-century AD, depicting Carausius, a self-styled emperor of Britain. The objects were handed to the British Museum via the Portable Antiquities Scheme; the exact location of the find has not been revealed. Carausius revolted against Diocletian in 287 and ruled Britain before being assassinated in 293 by his chief finance minister Allectus. He was a member of a tribe in modem-day Belgium who was tasked with defending the Channel from raids before he seized power. Allectus also turned usurper but was defeated by Constantius I, father of the Emperor Constantine, in 296.

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Title Annotation:History as it Happens; Carausius
Publication:History Today
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 1, 2008
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