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Live auction - brm_418698 - HELENA Centenionalis ou nummus

HELENA Centenionalis ou nummus AU
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Estimate : 750 €
Price : 420 €
Maximum bid : 421 €
End of the sale : 14 March 2017 14:56:17
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Centenionalis ou nummus
Date: 319
Mint name / Town : Thessalonica
Metal : copper
Diameter : 18,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 2,64 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale bien centré des deux côtés avec les grènetis visibles. Beau portrait d’Hélène, de frappe vigoureuse et sévère. Très joli revers de style fin. Belle patine vert foncé
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stock de Vayson Numismatique, Paris et de la collection du Docteur S

Obverse


Obverse legend : HEL-E-NA N F.
Obverse description : Buste drapé d’Hélène à droite, les cheveux retenus par un petit chignon, vu de trois quarts en avant (L).
Obverse translation : “Helena Nobilissima Femina”, (Hélène très noble femme).

Reverse


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Étoile à huit rais dans une couronne fermée.

Commentary


Poids très léger. Émission exceptionnelle de l’atelier de Thessalonique sans marque. Le type pour Hélène semble plus rare que celui de Fausta.

Historical background


HELEN

(328) Flavia Julia Helena

wife of Constantius I, mother of Constantine I - Augusta (324-328)

Helena, mother of Constantine and Constantius first wife, received the title of augusta 324. After the death of Fausta and Crispus, she went to the Holy Land. In Jerusalem, she discovered the remains of the True Cross and founded many institutions. She died in 328, was sanctified and is included in the calendar.

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