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Portrait of Fausta on Antoninianus
Portrait of Fausta on Antoninianus
Providentia on Reverse of Antoninianus of Fausta
Providentia on Reverse of Antoninianus of Fausta
AD 307 - 326
Flavia Maxima Fausta
Fausta was the daughter of Maximian, who arranged for her to marry Constantine I (the Great). She bore him three sons and two daughters. These were Constantine II, Constantius II, Constans, Constantina, and Helena.
Constantine put to death her father after she exposed his plotting against Constantine. Her brother Maxentius was defeated and killed at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. She accused Constantine's son Crispus, by a previous marriage to Minervina, of attempting to seduce her, and he was executed. Shortly afterwards she also was killed by suffocation in an over-hot bath.
Our coin, a "third brass" shows her portrait on its obverse with the legend FLAV MAX FAUSTA AUG indicating that she had been made Augusta. This occurred after Constantine's victory over Licinius in 324 or 325. The coin can therefore be dated to 325 within one year on either side.
The reverse features SPES REIPUBLICAE, the hope of the Republic feeding the twins Romulus and Remus.

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