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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

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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."
RL91457. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Ticinum p. 387, 203 (R5); LRBC I 488; SRCV IV 16565; Cohen VII 17; Hunter V 7 var. (1st officina), Choice VF, well centered, dark patina with earthen highlighting, weight 2.823 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, c. 326 A.D.; obverse FLAV MAX FAVSTA AVG, draped bust right with hair waved, bun at back, wearing pearl necklace; reverse SPES REIPVBLICAE, Fausta standing facing, looking left, holding infants Constantine II and Constantius II, T crescent T in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; rare; $80.00 (€70.40)
 


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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."
RL88805. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Heraclea p. 551, 80 (R1); LRBC I 875; SRCV IV 16572; Cohen VII 17, F, some silvering remains, well centered, scratches, earthen deposits, weight 2.375 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, 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, SMHA in exergue; scarce; $16.00 (€14.08)
 


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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 FLAV•MAX• 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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OBVERSE LEGENDS

FLAVMAXFAVSTAAG
FLAVMAXFAVSTAAVG
FLAVIAMAXIMAFAVSTAAVGVSTA
FAVSTAENOBILISSIMAEFEMINAE
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