There was a good piece, a couple of days ago in the Times, about the Frome Hoard and the Emperor Carausius (AD286-293), also known as the Squatter Emperor. Inevitably behind the firewall, Jack Malvern's piece has (thankfully) been reprinted in The Australian. Sam Moorhead is on fine form in the article:
Sam Moorhead, the finds adviser for Roman coins at the British Museum, said that the 850 pieces minted by Carausius suggested that he was among the most colourful and sophisticated men to have ruled the land.
“I’m convinced this man was a salty sea-dog,” Dr Moorhead said. “A tall, dark, burly man with curly hair and a raffish beard. He’s an absolute bruiser.”
The coins suggest that Carausius’s seven-year reign, before he was assassinated by his finance minister, was one of sophistication, grandstanding and relentless propaganda.
He also makes the entertaining parallel in the relationship between Carausius and his finance minister/successor Allectus, and British prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
This mini British breakaway empire was eventually put down in AD296 by Constantius Chlorus, father of Constantine the Great.