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ID:     74000786
Type:     Roman Imperial
Issuer:     Helena
Date Ruled:     AD 317-328
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE 3
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 318-319 as Nobilissima Femina
Weight:     3.61 g
Die Axis:     7 h
Obverse Legend:     HELE_NA N F
Obverse Description:     Head bare, mantled bust right
Reverse Legend:     Anepigraphic
Reverse Description:     Laurel wreath enclosing eight-pointed star
Mint Mark:     none
Mint:     Thessalonica
Primary Reference:     RIC VII 050
Reference2:     LRBC I, 0820
Reference3:     SRCV 3909
Reference4:     VM 002
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Notes:     Sale: Triton X, Lot: 786 Rare. The coinage of Helena as Augusta commenced with her elevation to full imperial status in AD 324 and continued until her death five years later. Preceding these issues, however, was a remarkable series struck circa AD 318 at Thessalonica on which both Helena and her daughter-in-law Fausta are accorded the lesser title of Nobilissima Femina (N F). Both ladies had borne this rank for a considerable time, Helena since her son's elevation to imperial status in 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.