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St. Helena, Augusta, 8 November 324 - c. 330 A.D., Mother of Constantine the Great
Edward Gibbon wrote of Antioch: "Fashion was the only law, pleasure the only pursuit, and the splendor of dress and furniture was the only distinction of the citizens of Antioch. The arts of luxury were honored, the serious and manly virtues were the subject of ridicule, and the contempt for female modesty and reverent age announced the universal corruption of the capital of the East." Antioch was, paradoxically, also an important hub of early Christianity. Late in 311, an embassy from Antioch presented themselves before Maximinus and requested permission to banish Christians from their city. Maximinus initially agreed, but in May 313 restored privileges and property to Christians.
RL20529. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Antioch 82, aEF, some cleaning scratches, 10th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight 3.663g, maximum diameter 20.7mm, die axis 180o
, 328 - 329 A.D.; obverse FL HELENA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse SECVRITAS REIPVBLICE (security of the Republic), Securitas standing half left, branch pointed down in right, raising pallium with left, ēSMANTI in exergue; rare (RIC R4)
Catalog current as of Sunday, August 25, 2019.
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