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

|Fausta|, |Fausta,| |Augusta,| |8| |November| |324| |-| |Autumn| |326| |A.D.,| |Second| |Wife| |of| |Constantine| |the| |Great||centenionalis|NEW
Fausta, Maximianus' daughter, was married to Constantine in 307, to secure peace between the rivals. She bore three sons, Constantine II, Constans and Constantius II. In 326, Constantine ordered her steamed to death for her plot that resulted in the execution of Crispus, his son by a previous marriage.
RL111625. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Antioch p. 690, 76 (R4); LRBC I 1330; SRCV IV 16556; Cohen VII 17, Choice aEF, dark patina, red earthen fill, weight 3.600 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 225o, 10th officina, Antioch (Antakiyah, Turkey) mint, 326 - 327 A.D.; obverse FLAV MAX - FAVSTA AVG, draped bust right, hair waved, bun at back, wearing pearl necklace; reverse SALVS REI-PVBLICAE, Fausta as Salus standing facing, looking left, holding infants Constantine II and Constantius II, ●SMANTI in exergue; first specimen of this rare type handled by FORVM; rare; $120.00 SALE PRICE $108.00


|Fausta|, |Fausta,| |Augusta,| |8| |November| |324| |-| |Autumn| |326| |A.D.,| |Second| |Wife| |of| |Constantine| |the| |Great||centenionalis|NEW
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."
RL111624. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Nicomedia p. 621, 131 (R3); LRBC I 1102; SRCV IV 16575; Cohen VII 17, VF, well centered, dark patina, highlighting red earthen deposits, weight 2.754 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 325 - 326 A.D.; obverse FLAV MAX - FAVSTA AVG, draped bust right hair waved, bun at back; reverse SPES REI-PVBLICAE, Fausta standing facing, looking left, holding infants Constantine II and Constantius II, MNΓ in exergue; scarce; $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







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