A Roman bronze coin of Helena as Augusta, with accompanying notes, 325-330, 1938
(obverse) bust of Helena with 'FLHELENA AVGVSTA', and (reverse) a female figure, draped, standing and holding a branch downwards, with the legend 'SECVRITAS REIPVBLICE' and 'SMANTI' in exergue (mint of Antioch). This is accompanied by a cardboard disk labelled in the hand of Sir Aurel Stein 'Roman Æ | cast | Abū Hāmda', the two items kept together in a small envelope with the printed reference 'D G A 20.' and an inscription in Stein's hand, 'Imperial Roman | coin | found at Castellum | Abū Hāmda | April, 1938'. This is in turn preserved in an outer envelope inscribed by Stein 'Roman Imperial Coin Æ | found at Castellum | Abū Hamda | April, 1940'. The date of Stein's find of the coin at Abū Hāmda [Iraq] was 21 April 1938
- 325-330, 1938
Language of Materials
Minted at Antioch, diameter c. 20 mm.