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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.


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

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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


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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."
RL29292. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Trier p. 209, 483; LRBC I 37; SRCV IV 16545; Cohen VII 7, EF, weight 2.931 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd 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 SALVS REIPVBLICAE (health of the Republic), Fausta standing facing, looking left, holding infants Constantine II and Constantius II, STR and dot over crescent in exergue; ex CNG; SOLD


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In 319, Constantine prohibited the separation of the families of slaves during a change in ownership.
RL14594. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Thessalonica p. 505, 51; SRCV IV 16534; Cohen VII 25, aVF, weight 2.231 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 0o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 318 - 319 A.D.; obverse FAVS-TA NF, draped bust right, hair waved, bun at back; reverse eight-pointed star in wreath; 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."
RL70607. Billon centenionalis, RIC Heraclea VII p. 80; LRBC I 875; SRCV IV 16572; Cohen VII 17, aEF, green patina, well centered, slight porosity, weight 3.379 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 315o, 4th 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, SMH∆ 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."
RL62371. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Siscia p. 450, 205, LRBC I 730; SRCV IV 16570; Cohen VII 17, VF, grainy, weight 2.403 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 326 - 327 A.D.; obverse FLAV MAX FAVSTA AVG, draped bust right, hair waved, bun at back, wearing pearl necklace; reverse SPES REIPVBLICAE, Fausta standing facing, looking left, holding infants Constantine II and Constantius II, •ASIS• in exergue; scarce; 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."
RL90387. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Thessalonica 161 (R3), LRBC I 827, SRCV IV 16571, aVF, some silvering, weight 3.105 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Thessalonica mint, 326 - 328 A.D.; obverse FLAV MAX - FAVSTA AVG, draped bust right, hair waved, bun at back, wearing pearl necklace; reverse SPES REI-PVBLICAE, Fausta standing facing, looking left, holding infants Constantine II and Constantius II, SMTSB in exergue; scarce; 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."
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; SOLD


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RL49570. Billon centenionalis, LRBC I 179; RIC VII Lyons p. 137, 235; Bastien XIII 193; SRCV IV 16546; Cohen VII 7, aEF, flat strike, weight 2.370 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 180o, 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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In 326, Constantine ordered the execution of his son, Crispus Caesar. Constantine's second wife and Crispus' stepmother, Fausta, accused Crispus of attempting to seduce her. After learning Fausta lied to eliminate Crispus as a rival to her own sons, Constantine had Fausta suffocated in a hot bath.
RL76189. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Constantinople p. 571, 12; LRBC I 976; SRCV IV 16551; Cohen VII 7, VF, full circle centering, silvering, encrustations, areas of light corrosion, weight 3.112 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 326 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, A left, CONS in exergue; 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."
RL14592. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Heraclea p. 551, 80 (R3); LRBC I 875; SRCV IV 16572; Cohen VII 17, Choice gVF, weight 2.517 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 0o, 4th 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, SMH∆ in exergue; full circle strike, excellent reverse style; rare; SOLD




  




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OBVERSE LEGENDS

FAVSTAENOBILISSIMAE FEMINAE
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