Ancient Roman Bronze Coin of: 'Saint' Helena - Roman Empress 324-328/330 A.D. Bronze/Billon Nummus Trier mint, struck circa 328-329 A.D. FL HELENA AVGVSTA, diademed and draped bust right. Reverse - SECVRITAS REIPVBLICE, Helena as Securitas standing left, holding olive branch in extended right hand; STRE in exurgue.
. Helena, Saint Helena, St.Helen. (Latin: Flavia lulia Helena Augusta; c. 250 -c. 330), was a Greek native from a Greek city of Drepana in the province of Bithynia in Asia Minor. She became the consort of the future Roman Emperor Constantius Chlorus (reigned 293-306 A.D.) and the mother of the future Emperor Constantine the Great (reigned 306-337A.D.) She ranks as an important figure in the history of Christianity and of the world due to her major influence on her son. Tradition credits her with pilgrimage to Syria Palaestina, particularly to Jerusalem, during which she allegedly discovered the true cross. Pious beliefs also associate her to the foundation of the Vatican Gardens. .
. Note: 'Saint' Helena is considered by the Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Eastern and Latin Catholic churches, as well as Anglican Communion and Lutheran Churches, as a saint, famed for her piety. She is sometimes known as Helen of Constantinople to distinguish her from others with similar names.
. Her feast day as a saint of the Orthodox Christian Church is celebrated with her son on 21 May, the "Feast of Holy Great Sovereigns Constantine and Helen, Equal to the Apostles." Likewise, Anglican churches, and some Lutheran churches, keep the Eastern date. Her feast day in the Roman Catholic Church fall on 18 August. Her feast day in the Coptic Orthodox Church is on 9 Pashons.
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