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St. Helena, Augusta, 8 November 324 - c. 330 A.D., Mother of Constantine the Great
RIC does not list this variant with the officina number placed in the field rather than exergue. Possibly unpublished or unique. The officina number is expressed as ∆E (4 + 5 = 9) because Θ, theta, the Greek numeral nine, was considered unlucky. Theta (Θ), was used as an abbreviation for Thanatos (death) and used as a warning symbol of death, in the same way that skull and crossbones are used in modern times. It survives on potsherds used by Athenians voting for the death penalty. Also, after a funeral "Nine Days of Sorrow" were solemnly observed by the Roman family. Romans avoided the use of theta, as we avoid the use of the number 13 today.
RL11084. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Antioch 82 var. (officina in exergue), LRBC I 1328 var. (same), SRCV IV 16628 var. (same), Cohen VII 12, VF, 9th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight 2.271g, maximum diameter 19.8mm, 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, ∆E (4+5=9) right, ēSMANT in exergue; SOLD
Catalog current as of Tuesday, August 20, 2019.
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