COIN HELMETED BUST OF ROMA AND REVERSE WITH SHE-WOLF SUCKLING ROMULUS AND
14K YELLOW GOLD
With its clear and crisp
detail, this beautiful bronze Roman coin pendant was minted to commemorate
the founding of the Roman capitol. The side shown features the
helmeted bust of Roma while the reverse depicts a superb image of a
she-wolf with two twin boys beneath suckling her milk. This scene
represents the Roman legend of the founding of Rome. The setting is
a high-polished 14K yellow gold mounting and contrasts wonderfully with
the dark patina and its light gray-green highlights.
According to the Roman
belief, Romulus was the founder of Rome and Remus was his twin brother.
Their story begins with their grandfather Numitor, king of the ancient
Italian city of Alba Longa, was deposed by his brother Amulius. Numitor's
daughter, Rhea Silvia, was made a Vestal Virgin by Amulius - this means
that she was made a priestess of the goddess Vesta and forbidden to marry.
Nevertheless, Mars, the god of war, fell in love with her and she gave
birth to twin sons.
Amulius, fearing that
the boys would grow up to overthrow him, had them placed in a trough and
thrown into the River Tiber. At that time the river was in flood, and when
the waters fell, the trough, still containing the two boys, came ashore.
They were found by a she-wolf who, instead of killing them, looked after
them and fed them with her milk. A woodpecker also brought them food, for
the woodpecker, like the wolf, was sacred to Mars. Later the twins where
found by Faustulus, the king's shepherd. He took them home to his wife and
the two adopted them, calling them Romulus and Remus. They grew up as bold
and strong young men, leading a warlike band of shepherds.
One day Remus was
captured and brought before Numitor for punishment. Numitor noticing how
unlike a shepherd's son he was, questioned him and before long realized
who he was. Romulus and Remus than rose against Amulius, killed him and
restored the kingdom to their grandfather. Deciding to found a town
of their own, Romulus and Remus chose the place where the she-wolf had
nursed them. Romulus began to build walls on the Palatine Hill, but Remus
jeered at them because they were so low. He leaped over them to prove
this, and Romulus in anger killed him.
Romulus continued the
building of the new city, naming it Roma (Rome) after his own name. It's
first citizens were outlaws and fugitives, to whom Romulus gave the
settlement on the Capitoline Hill. For the rest of his life
Romulus ruled alone, proving himself a great leader in peace and war. He
did not die but disappeared one day in a violent storm. The Romans
believing he had been taken up to heaven worshipped him under the name of
Highly recommended and a
classic coin with great imagery and meaning!
Overall diameter is
approximately 18 mm.
*if desired, add $150
for chain shown, a 16" 14K yellow gold
round light wheat chain.