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“Carausius – A Usurper’s Coinage on the Edge of Empire”

By Sam Moorhead

This paper will summarise ten year’s research into the coinage of Carausius, the usurper in Britain (AD 286-93), for the forthcoming publication (in 2021) of a new volume of Roman Imperial Coinage (V, pt 5) for Carausius and Allectus. The new volume will include about three times as many entries as the former RIC volume (1933), vastly expanding our general knowledge of the coinage.

The Shadow of Commodus on Pertinax’s Coinage

By Nathaniel Katz

As Ramage shows, some emperors used coins to denigrate predecessors. I begin by observing that, following assassinations, emperors denigrated predecessors only implicitly. Using Pertinax’s coinage as a case study, I show how implicit denigration worked. Then, I explain its prevalence as a result of coins’ unsuitability for condemnation and of the difference between civil war and assassination.

The Bid for Rome: From Galba’s Failure to Vespasian’s Success

By Sarah E. Cox

This paper examines the Flavians’ infrequently discussed (e.g. E. Ramage, Historia 32.2 [1983]) exploitation of select coin types of Galba, who despite the brevity of his reign was so important to them – as last legitimate emperor, bridge to the Julio-Claudians, and advocate for dynastic succession – that Titus later included Galba in his restoration series.