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Women of Rome - Fausta – Wife of Constantinus I  
 

 
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 Posted 02/12/2018  2:51 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add EFLargeCents to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Fausta was the daughter of Emperor Maximianus and the second wife of Emperor Constantine I. She was raised to Augusta during his rule but eventually put to death for adultery.

Most of the mints of the era minted bronze coins with her likeness.

Reverses were typically SALVS REIPVBLICAE or SPES REIPVBLICAE with a couple exceptions that are less commonly found.

My two examples were minted at London (PLON) and Trier (PTR). The London example is quite scarce.


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 Posted 02/12/2018  3:06 pm  Show Profile   Check FVRIVS RVFVS's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add FVRIVS RVFVS to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Marvelous .......

Never even thought London would have issued any of her.

I love the mixed matched ones
Constantius I from Antioch
Maximinus Daia or Licinius from London.
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 Posted 02/12/2018  3:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Superb coins!

I have an okay coin of hers... still a hole filler I haven't upgraded yet.

Fausta in particular is one of the most fascinating empresses mainly due to the mysterious circumstances of her death that were erased from the record by her husband. The leading theory I have heard is that Fausta, jealous of Constantine's oldest son Crispus who had 10-15 years on her son Constantine II. Afraid that he would inherit the throne alone or in an unquestionably senior position, she went full evil stepmother and devised a scheme to dispose of him. Some think that she attempted to seduce Crispus, and then told Constantine that he was the one who had broken Roman law against incest. We know that Constantine ordered the summary execution of his oldest and favorite child in 326, and then executed Fausta just months later, presumably upon discovering the truth. He then ordered all details of that sordid affair erased from history forever.
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Two excellent coins, I never got around to getting any of hers.
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very interesting- TY!
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Sometimes, as in this case, the family members are often more interesting than the big boys.
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 Posted 02/13/2018  6:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice coins !Very different style buns!

Great to see the threads up and running again..

Will be following..

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Just got this today.
18mm, 3.04g
Fausta AE follis. Nicomedia. AD 324-325. FLAV MAX FAVSTA AVG, mantled, bare-headed bust right, wearing necklace / SPES REIP-VBLICAE, Spes standing facing, looking left, head veiled, two children in her arms. Mintmark SMNB.

Corrected by Palouche below:

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Fausta, AE follis, Nicomedia. AD 325-326. FLAV MAX-FAVSTA AVG, bare-headed, mantled bust right, wearing necklace / SALVS REI-PVBLICAE, Empress standing facing, looking left, head veiled, holding two children in her arms. Mintmark SMNB. RIC VII Nicomedia 96


I had a hard time with the mint mark, so if I got the attribution wrong, please let me know.




I love the coin!
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Not SPES It's a SALVS REVERSE..

Looks like
Fausta, AE follis, Nicomedia. AD 325-326. FLAV MAX-FAVSTA AVG, bare-headed, mantled bust right, wearing necklace / SALVS REI-PVBLICAE, Empress standing facing, looking left, head veiled, holding two children in her arms. Mintmark SMNB. RIC VII Nicomedia 96

Nice coin.

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Thanks Paul for the full attribution. The tag actually said SALVS on the reverse, it was just past my bedtime and I was completely exhausted and didn't read the post over.

I just checked the prices on these, I guess I got a good deal at $15.00!
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