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Aelia Flaccilla – Wife

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Aelia Flaccilla

Aelia Facialla Bust

Empress 379-386 AD

Wife of Theodosius I

Aelia Flaccilla was the first living Empress to be accorded the right of coinage since Helena and Fausta sixty years before. Aelia Flaccilla was the wife of Theodosius I. They were married about 376 AD, several years before her husband’s accession to the throne. Aelia was the mother of the future emperors Arcadius and Honorius, and her coinage commenced on the elevation of the former to the rank of Augusta in January 383 AD. Aelia died three years later, in 386 AD.

Aelia was a firm believer in the Nicene Creed of 325AD, which explicitly affirmed that  the Father was the “one God” and was the “Almighty,” whereas Jesus Christ was “the Son of God.” Historians reported that she was devoted to charity and even personally tended to the disabled. She died early in 386 AD and was declared to be a saint.

Monetary System


Mints: Alexandria, Antioch, Constantinople, Cyzicus, Heraclea, London, Nicomedia, Siscia, Thessalonica

Obverse Legends:


Aelia Facialla denominations


AU Solidus (4.50 grams)

Aelia Facialla AU Semissis
AU Semissis (Unique, only known domination is set in ancient jewlery)
AU Tremissis (1.45 grams)
AR Reduced Siliqua (2.25 grams)

Aelia Facialla AE2
AE2 (5.5 grams)
AE4 (1.5 grams)

Monetary History of the World
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