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St. Helena, Augusta, 8 November 324 - c. 330 A.D., Mother of Constantine the Great
Helena left Jerusalem and the eastern provinces in 327 to return to Rome, bringing with her large parts of the True Cross and other relics, which were then stored in her palace's private chapel, where they can be still seen today. Her palace was later converted into the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. This has been maintained by Cistercian monks in the monastery which has been attached to the church for centuries.
RL81091. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Alexandria 48, VF, Alexandria mint, weight 3.243g, maximum diameter 19.4mm, die axis 165o
, 327 - 328 A.D.; obverse FL HELENA AVGVSTA, diademed and mantled bust right wearing double necklace; reverse SECVRITAS REIPVBLICE (security of the Republic), Securitas standing half left, branch pointed down in right, raising pallium with left, wreath left, I right, SMAL in exergue; rare
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