Helena. AE 3, Reduced Follis: A rare type, and the only type to call Helena Nobilissima Femina. NGC MS

Ancient Coins - Helena. AE 3, Reduced Follis: A rare type, and the only type to call Helena Nobilissima Femina. NGC MS
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Helena. AE 3, Reduced Follis; Helena; Thessalonica, 318-9 AD, Reduced Follis, 2.55g. RIC-50 (r2), C-14 (100 Fr.). Obv: HELE - NA N F Bust draped r. Rx: No legend, no mintmark, eight-pointed star in wreath. A rare type, and the only type to call Helena Nobilissima Femina. NGC MS.


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.

 
This coin was authenticated by NGC and was graded MS strike 5/5 and 2/5 surface. Apparently NGC decided to not place the coin in a holder, due to their assessment of the surface. We keep it in a regular coin flip and have had no problems.


Ancient Coins - Helena. AE 3, Reduced Follis: A rare type, and the only type to call Helena Nobilissima Femina. NGC MS
Ancient Coins - Helena. AE 3, Reduced Follis: A rare type, and the only type to call Helena Nobilissima Femina. NGC MS
Ancient Coins - Helena. AE 3, Reduced Follis: A rare type, and the only type to call Helena Nobilissima Femina. NGC MS
Ancient Coins - Helena. AE 3, Reduced Follis: A rare type, and the only type to call Helena Nobilissima Femina. NGC MS
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