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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Roman Coins| ▸ |Constantinian Era| ▸ |Fausta||View Options:  |  |  | 

Fausta, Augusta, 8 November 324 - Autumn 326 A.D., Second Wife of Constantine the Great

Flavia Maxima Fausta was the daughter of emperor Maximianus and sister to emperor Maxentius. She was married to their great rival Constantine I on 31 March 307, in order to secure peace for the empire by ensuring the cooperation of the Tetrarchs. She bore Constantine three sons, the future emperors Constantine II, Constans and Constantius II. In 326, Constantine ordered her steamed to death for a plot that resulted in the execution of Crispus, his son by a previous marriage.

|Fausta|, |Fausta,| |Augusta,| |8| |November| |324| |-| |Autumn| |326| |A.D.,| |Second| |Wife| |of| |Constantine| |the| |Great||centenionalis|
Fausta is depicted as Spes, the Roman personification of hope. She holds her infant children, Constantine II and Constantius II, her hopeful promise for the future of the "Republic."
RL112542. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Antioch p. 689, 69 (R5); LRBC I 1343; SRCV IV 16580; Cohen VII 17; Hunter V -, gF, centered on a tight flan, earthen deposits, weight 3.375 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 0o, 8th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 325 - 326 A.D.; obverse FLAV MAX - FAVSTA AVG, draped bust right hair waved, bun at back, wearing pearl necklace; reverse SPES REIP-VBLICAE, Fausta standing facing, looking left, holding infants Constantine II and Constantius II in her arms, SMANTH in exergue; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 129 (4 Jun 2023), lot 1002 (part of); rare; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00


|Fausta|, |Fausta,| |Augusta,| |8| |November| |324| |-| |Autumn| |326| |A.D.,| |Second| |Wife| |of| |Constantine| |the| |Great||centenionalis|
 
RL32704. Billon centenionalis, LRBC I 179; RIC VII Lyons p. 137, 235; Bastien XIII 193; SRCV IV 16546; Cohen VII 7, Choice EF,full circles strike, unusual style, a few flat spots, weight 3.180 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 324 - 325 A.D.; obverse FLAVMAX FAVSTA AVG, draped bust right hair waved, bun at back, wearing pearl necklace; reverse SALVS REIPVBLICAE (health of the Republic), Fausta standing facing, looking left, holding infants Constantine II and Constantius II, PLG in exergue; rare; SOLD


|Fausta|, |Fausta,| |Augusta,| |8| |November| |324| |-| |Autumn| |326| |A.D.,| |Second| |Wife| |of| |Constantine| |the| |Great||centenionalis|
Fausta is depicted as Spes, the Roman personification of hope. She holds her infant children, Constantine II and Constantius II, her hopeful promise for the future of the "Republic."
RL12490. Billon centenionalis, LRBC I 1084; Cohen VII 17; RIC VII Nicomedia p. 615, 97 (R4) var. (officina B only); SRCV IV 16574 var. (same), gem EF, perfect centering, beautiful blue-green patina, weight 2.744 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 324 - 325 A.D.; obverse FLAV MAX - FAVSTA AVG, draped bust right hair waved, bun at back, wearing pearl necklace; reverse SPES REIP-VBLICAE, Fausta standing facing, looking left, holding infants Constantine II and Constantius II, SMNA in exergue; variation of R4 type; SOLD


Helena, Augusta, 8 Nov 324 - c. 330 A.D., Mother of Constantine the Great, Error Coin with Fausta Reverse

|Helena|, |Helena,| |Augusta,| |8| |Nov| |324| |-| |c.| |330| |A.D.,| |Mother| |of| |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Error| |Coin| |with| |Fausta| |Reverse||centenionalis|
This coin combines an obverse of Constantine the Great's mother Helena, with a reverse of his wife, Fausta - a very rare mule error coin.
SL85519. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Alexandria obv. 38 (Helena, R3) / rev. 39 (Fausta, R2), NGC Ch XF, strike 5/5, surface 2/5, weight 3.024 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Alexandria mint, 325 - 326 A.D.; obverse FL HELENA AVGVSTA, pearl-diademed and mantled bust of Helena right wearing double necklace; reverse SALVS REIPVBLICAE (health of the Republic), Fausta standing facing, looking left, holding infants Constantine II and Constantius II, SMALB in exergue; photos were taken before certification, now in an NGC holder; very rare; SOLD










OBVERSE| LEGENDS|

FLAVMAXFAVSTAAG
FLAVMAXFAVSTAAVG
FLAVIAMAXIMAFAVSTAAVGVSTA
FAVSTAENOBILISSIMAEFEMINAE
FAVSTANF


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