Bronze Coin Empress Helena Mother of Constantine The Great - FJ.2365 - For Sale

Bronze Coin Empress Helena Mother of Constantine The Great - FJ.2365
Price: $4600.00
Origin: Israel (Bethlehem)
Circa: 307 AD to 337 AD
Collection: Roman Bronze Coin Ring
Medium: Bronze/Diamond/Gold
This stunning bronze coin of the Roman Empress Helena mother of the Emperor Constantine the Great is mounted in an 18-karat gold. The ring is set with 34 genuine diamonds with a total weight of 0.34 carats. Even by the standards of the remarkable age in which she lived, Helena was a fascinating woman. As a Christian, she may have influenced her son, the Emperor Constantine, to adopt those beliefs as the official religion of the Roman Empire. Late in life, she led a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in search of the true cross; the basilica she erected to the house that relic still stands today. For her faith, the Roman Catholic Church reveres Helena as a saint. Set in a frame of dazzling fire, this gorgeous coin portrait of one extraordinary woman is meant for the hand of another. Flavia Iulia Helena, also known as Saint Helena, Saint Helen, Helena Augusta, and Helena of Constantinople, (c.248 – c.329) was consort of (though may have been married to) Constantius Chlorus, and the mother of Emperor Constantine I. She is traditionally credited with finding the relics of the True Cross. Many legends surround her. She was allegedly the daughter of an innkeeper. Her son Constantine renamed the city of Drepanum on the Gulf of Nicomedia as 'Helenopolis' in her honour, which led to later interpretations that Drepanum was her birthplace. Constantius Chlorus divorced her (c.292) to marry the step-daughter of Maximian, Flavia Maximiana Theodora. Helena's son, Constantine, became emperor of the Roman Empire, and following his elevation she became a presence at the imperial court, and received the title Augusta. [edit] Sainthood She is considered by the Orthodox and Catholic churches as a saint, famed for her piety. Her feast day as a saint of the Orthodox Christian Church is celebrated with her son on May 21, the Feast of the Holy Great Sovereigns Constantine and Helen, Equal to the Apostles[1]. Her feast day in the Roman Catholic Church falls on August 18. Eusebius records the details of her pilgrimage to Palestine and other eastern provinces (though not her discovery of the True Cross)). She is the patron saint of archaeologists. At the age of 80, Helena was said by some accounts to have been placed in charge of a mission to gather Christian relics, by her son Emperor Constantine I, who had recently declared Rome as a Christian city. Helena travelled the 1400-plus miles from Rome to Jerusalem. The city was still rebuilding from the destruction of Hadrian, a previous emperor, who had built a Temple to Venus at the site of the Crucifixion. According to legend, Helena entered the temple with Bishop Macarius, and chose a site to begin excavating, which led to the recovery of three different crosses and the nails of the crucifixion. To use their miraculous power to aid her son, Helena allegedly had one placed in Constantine's helmet, and another in the bridle of his horse. Helena left Jerusalem in 327 to return to Rome, and shortly after her journey to the East Helena died in the presence of her son Constantine (Euseb., VC, 3.46). Some of the relics which she had located were then stored in her palace in Rome, which was later converted into the Abbey of Santa Croce. - (FJ.2365)

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