Helena (Died AD 330)

Helena's son Constantine renamed the city "Helenopolis" after her death in 328. Helena was probably born in 248 or 250. It is unknown where she first met her future partner Constantius. The historian Timothy Barnes has suggested that Constantius, while serving under Emperor Aurelian, could have met her while stationed in Asia Minor for the campaign against Zenobia. Barnes calls attention to an epitaph at Nicomedia of one of Aurelian's protectors, which could indicate the emperor's presence in the Bithynian region soon after 270. Helena gave birth to the future emperor Constantine I on the 27th of February of an uncertain year soon after 270. Constantius divorced Helena at some time before 289, when he married Theodora, Maximian's daughter. Constantine was proclaimed Augustus of the Roman Empire in 306 by Constantius' troops after the latter had died, and following his elevation his mother was brought back to the public life and the imperial court, and received the title of Augusta in 325. Helena died in 330 with her son at her side.

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Helena 'Securitas' AE Follis 020129

Helena 'Securitas' AE Follis
Bronze, 2.87 grams, 19.84 mm. Trier. 326 AD. Obverse: FL HELENA-AVGVSTA, draped bust right wearing ornamental mantle and necklace, hair elaborately dressed. Reverse: SECVRITAS-REIPVBLICE, Securitas standing left, holding branch and raising robe, mintmark PTR dot-in-crescent in exergue. RIC VII Trier 481; cf Sear 3908. Extremely fine.
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Helena 'Securitas' AE Follis 020129
Helena 'Securitas' AE Follis 020127

Helena 'Securitas' AE Follis
Bronze, 3.69 grams, 18.46 mm. Trier. 326 AD. Obverse: FL HELENA-AVGVSTA, draped bust right wearing ornamental mantle and necklace, hair elaborately dressed. Reverse: SECVRITAS-REIPVBLICE, Securitas standing left, holding branch and raising robe, mintmark STR dot-in-crescent in exergue. RIC VII Trier 481; cf Sear 3908. Extremely fine.
£120.00

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Helena 'Securitas' AE Follis 020127


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