Fausta. Augusta, 324-326 AD. Æ Follis. Star within wreath. Rare without the mintmark.

Ancient Coins - Fausta. Augusta, 324-326 AD. Æ Follis. Star within wreath. Rare without the mintmark.
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Fausta. Augusta, 324-326 AD. Æ Follis (19mm, 3.10g). Struck 318-319 AD. FAVS-TA N F, draped bust right. / Eight-rayed star within wreath with large central jewel. (mint of Thessalonica). RIC VII, pg 505, #51; LRBC 824; Hunter –. EF, brown patina, flan crack. Rare without the mintmark and for condition.
 
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. 
"Courtesy of CNG"
 
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