Fausta

Reece Period attributed: Period 16

Obverse image of a coin of Fausta

Member of the House of Constantine dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from 324 until 328.

Fausta was the daughter of Maximian and wife of Constantine I. Her sons were Constantine II, Constantius II, and Constans. She supposedly died after Constantine returned from Pola, where he had executed his son Crispus for adultery, because Helena convinced him that Fausta had plotted Crispus’ downfall. Fausta is said to have entered her bath and turned up the steam so that she suffocated.

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PAS record number: BM-9EF092

Record: BM-9EF092
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: Copper alloy nummus of Fausta, dating to AD 326 (Reece Period 16), SPES REIPVBLICAE. Mint of Ticinum. RIC VII, p. 387, no. 203.
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PAS record number: LANCUM-0A4144

Record: LANCUM-0A4144
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: Late Roman nummus of Fausta (wife of Constantine I) dating from c. AD324-6. Obv: FLAV MAX FAVSTA AVG Rev: [SALVS] REIPVBLICAE PLG Faus…
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PAS record number: WILT-3A0F23

Record: WILT-3A0F23
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A copper-alloy Roman nummus of Fausta dating to the period AD 324-328 (Reece period 16), SPES REIPVBLICAE reverse type depicting Spes standing…
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PAS record number: YORYM-DCCAB7

Record: YORYM-DCCAB7
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A copper alloy nummus of Fausta. (Reece period 16). Reverse type SECVRITAS REIPVBLICE depicting Pax standing left holding a branch. Uncertain…
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PAS record number: WILT-5CDB85

Record: WILT-5CDB85
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A copper-alloy Roman nummus of Fausta dating to the period AD 324-328 (Reece period 16), SPES REIPVBLICAE reverse type depicting Spes standin…
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  • Definition: Fausta Flavia Maxima (289–326) was a Roman Empress, daughter of the Roman Emperor Maximianus. To seal the alliance between them for control of the Tetrarchy, in 307 Maximianus married her to Constantine I, who set aside his wife Minervina in her favour. Constantine and Fausta had been betrothed since 293. Fausta had a part in her father's downfall. In 310 Maximian died as a consequence of an assassination plot against Constantine. Maximian decided to involve his daughter Fausta, but she revealed the plot to her husband, and the assassination was disrupted. Maximian died, by suicide or by assassination, in July of that same year. Empress Fausta was held in high esteem by Constantine, and proof of his favour was that in 323 she was proclaimed Augusta; previously she held the title of Nobilissima Femina. However three years later Fausta was put to death by Constantine, following the execution of Crispus, his eldest son by Minervina, in 326. The two deaths have been inter-related in various ways; in one, Fausta is set jealously against Crispus, as in the anonymous Epitome de Caesaribus, or conversely her adultery, perhaps with the stepson who was close to her in age, is suggested. Fausta was executed by suffocation in an over-heated bath, a mode of assassination not otherwise attested in the Roman world. David Woods offers the connection of overheated bathing with contemporaneous techniques of abortion, a suggestion that implies an unwanted, adulterous pregnancy according to Constantine's biographer Paul Stephenson. The Emperor ordered the damnatio memoriae of his wife with the result that no contemporary source records details of her fate: "Eusebius, ever the sycophant, mentions neither Crispus nor Fausta in his Life of Constantine, and even wrote Crispus out of the final version of his Ecclesiastical History (HE X.9.4)", Constantine's biographer Paul Stephenson observes. Significantly, her sons, once in power, never revoked this order. Her sons became Roman Emperors: Constantine II, reigned 337 – 340, Constantius II reigned 337 – 361, and Constans reigned 337 – 350. She also bore three daughters Constantina, Helena and Fausta. Of these, Constantina married her cousins, firstly Hannibalianus and secondly Constantius Gallus, and Helena married Emperor Julian. Apparently a genealogical claim that her daughter Fausta became mother of Emperor Valentinian I is without foundation (Valentinian I and children of Constantine I's second marriage were born in years close to each other, i.e. , they were of the same generation).
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      • List of Roman and Byzantine Empresses
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      • Daughter of Julius Constantius
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