AELIA FLACCILLA, wife of Theodosius I
Died AD 386
AE4. 1.02g, 13.1mm
MINTED: Antioch mint, circa AD 383-388
REF: RIC IX 54
OBVERSE: AEL FLAC-CILLA AVG, diademed and draped bust right.
REVERSE: SALVS REI-PVBLICAE, Victory seated right inscribing a Christogram on a shield; ANTЄ in exergue.
Fine. Pleasant two-tone brown patina.
Ex E.E. Clain-Stefanelli Collection
Elvira Eliza Clain-Stefanelli (1914-2001) was born in Romania, and during World War II, she and her husband Vladimir were sent by the Gestapo to Buchenwald concentration camp. They survived their 3-year imprisonment and when the war was over, moved to Italy, where they worked in the numismatic trade. In 1951, they moved to the United States, where their knowledge and passion for numismatics led to them becoming curators of National Numismatics Collection at the Smithsonian. Together, they were also authors of numerous important reference works and curated an excellent personal collection of coins.
Aelia Flaccilla was the first wife of the Roman emperor, Theodosius I, and the mother emperors Arcadius and Honorius. She died in 386, seven years into Theodosius's reign, at about the age of 30. She was a devout Nicene Christian, and while she was empress did many charitable works amongst the poor and disabled.
AELIA FLACCILLA, wife of Theodosius I . d. AD 386 . AE4 . Ex Clain-Stefanelli
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