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Aelia Flaccilla, Augusta 19 January 379 - 386 A.D., Wife of Theodosius I
The cross was rarely used in early Christian iconography, perhaps because it symbolized a purposely painful and gruesome method of public execution that most early Christians would have personally witnessed. In 315, Constantine abolished crucifixion as punishment in the Roman Empire. The Ichthys, or fish symbol, was used by early Christians. Constantine adopted the Chi-Rho Christ monogram (Christogram) as his banner (labarum). The use of a cross as the most prevalent symbol of Christianity probably gained momentum after Saint Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, traveled to the Holy Land, c. 326 - 328, and recovered the True Cross.
RL88883. Bronze maiorina, RIC IX Constantinopolis 82.2 (S), LRBC II 2174, SRCV V 20618, Cohen VIII 6, Hunter V 7 var. (staurogram vice cross), VF, dark green patina, 5th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight 5.872g, maximum diameter 23.1mm, die axis 180o
, c. 25 Aug 383 - 386 A.D.; obverse AEL FLACCILLA AVG, diademed and draped bust right; reverse SALVS REIPVBLICAE (health of the Republic), empress standing facing, head right, cross right, arms folded on breast, CONSE in exergue; scarce
Catalog current as of Sunday, June 16, 2019.
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