Richard Bourne

"The Iconography of Apollo on the Coinage of Carausius"

Richard Bourne graduated in Geography in 1988 and embarked on a career in water quality and urban wastewater treatment with the Environment Agency. A keen archaeologist he became a post graduate research student at the University of Durham being supervised by the late well known archaeologist/numismatist John Casey. His thesis, on the history of the Gallic Empire and the structure of the coin hoards of the period, was published as a monograph in the British Archaeological Reports series.

Richard has, over the years, catalogued two large Gallic Empire hoards and a Hadrianic denarius hoard from Wakefield as well as identifying and recording Celtic, Roman, Saxon and mediaeval coins submitted to the Yorkshire Museum in York.
Besides research interests in Gallic Empire coinage Richard is an enthusiatic scholar on the British Empire of the late third century and the numismatic aspects of the reigns of Carausius and Allectus.

A keen blogger, mainly on numismatic and archaeological topics, the blog can be read at He also has a specialist Carausius and Allectus website at
He is a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society and a past president of the Yorkshire Numismatic Society.

Away from numismatics he is a collector of Apple records and pop/psych songs published by Apple Music Publishing in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.



Aspects of the Relationship between the Central and Gallic Empires in the mid to late Third Century AD BAR Int Ser 963 (2001)


‘An unpublished antoninianus of the Emperor Aurelian’ Numismatic Circular 99 (1991) p.186

‘An unrecorded Constantinian London mint type’ Numismatic Circular 101 (1993) p.196

‘Tetrican epigraphy – some thoughts’ Numismatic Circular 103 (1995) p.261

‘Claudius II altar types’ Numismatic Circular 104 (1996) p.6

‘The XXI coinage of Aurelian et al’ Numismatic Circular 104 (1996) p.84

‘MARTI FAVTORI – innovation or copy’ Yorkshire Numismatic Society Coin Fair Brochure (1999)

‘An anonymous radiate with the bust of Carausius’ Numismatic Circular 109 (2001) p.92

‘A second TETVS AVG (sic) coin from the “RSR” mint’ Numismatic Circular 110 (2002) p.61

‘Two new antoniniani or aureliani of Carausius’ Numismatic Circular 112 (2004) pp.377-8

‘The Coinage of Carausius and his Colleagues’ Numismatic Circular 117 (2009) pp.198-206

‘A Roman lead object with the impression of a radiate of Postumus’ Numismatic Circular 113 (2010) pp.69-70

‘Opuscula Carausiana’ in The Yorkshire Numismatist 4 (2012), pp 1-8