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ID:     73001006
Type:     Roman Imperial
Issuer:     Fausta
Date Ruled:     AD 307-326
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE 3
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 318-319
Weight:     3.38 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Legend:     FAVS_TA N F
Obverse Description:     Mantled and bareheaded bust right with waved hair
Reverse Description:     Laurel wreath enclosing eight-pointed star
Mint Mark:     none
Mint:     Thessalonica
Primary Reference:     RIC VII 051
Reference2:     LRBC I, 0824
Reference3:     SRCV 3906
Reference4:     VM 004
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Notes:     Sale: CNG 73, Lot: 1006 The coinage of Faustina as Augusta commenced with her elevation to full imperial status in AD 324. Preceding these issues, however, was a remarkable series struck circa AD 318 at the Thessalonica mint on which both Fausta and her mother-in-law, Helena, are accorded the lesser title of Nobilissima Femina (N F). Both ladies had borne this rank for a considerable time, Helena since Constantine's elevation to imperial status in AD 306, Fausta since her marriage to Constantine in March of the following year. The significance of this anepigraphic reverse remains uncertain, though it presumably contains some reference to divine providence and destiny.