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Fausta, Augusta 324 - 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 Tetrarches. 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.


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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."
RL76975. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Trier p. 209, 484; LRBC I 36; SRCV IV 16560; Cohen VII 17, EF, excellent centering, green patina, cleaning scratches, spot of corrosion, weight 2.804 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 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, PTR followed by dot over crescent with horns up in exergue; $120.00 (€102.00)
 


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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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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







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OBVERSE LEGENDS

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