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Another New Arrival - A Lovely Fausta Spes Reipvblicae From Rome

 
 
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 Posted 05/09/2019  5:45 pm Show Profile   Check Paul Bulgerin's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add Paul Bulgerin to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This is the last of several nice Roman bronzes I recently came across and purchased on eBay. It is a high grade Fausta, the wife of Constantine the Great (who had her executed), SPES REIPVBLICAE AE-3 from the Rome mint. The mint mark is "R wreath P".

It has a variant obverse legend of FL MAX FA - VSTA AVG and is attributed as RIC, Vol. VII, #294, struck in 326 AD. It is listed as "Rarity 4" in RIC.

It's a high-grade piece with full details on Fausta's hair and is quite well struck. The one interesting thing is the second S in SPES. You can see it under magnification, but it's either a strange, lousy one-letter strike, or there may have been an issue with the S on the reverse die.



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 Posted 05/09/2019  6:44 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice example Paul.
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 Posted 05/09/2019  6:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Exceptional obverse.
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 Posted 05/09/2019  7:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add travelcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very Nice pick up. I'm a little jealous.
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 Posted 05/09/2019  8:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Lovely. The type of coin that keeps us looking.
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 Posted 05/09/2019  8:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Super nice coin @PB!
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 Posted 05/10/2019  04:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pilegicvs to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The pearl necklace and Fausta's wavy hair are excellently detailed in your coin. Even on a poor example (my $1 buy from last year) her wavy hair comes shining through. (This coin does have one redeeming feature, an interesting mint mark - Trier - PTR crescent with dot.)
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 Posted 05/10/2019  12:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add eteokles to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's a sharp coin. I love the patina.
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