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ROMAN COIN HELMETED BUST OF ROMA AND REVERSE WITH SHE-WOLF SUCKLING ROMULUS AND REMUS

 

IN 14K YELLOW GOLD

 

4TH CENTURY A.D.

 

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 Quirinus.

Highly recommended and a classic coin with great imagery and meaning!  

Overall diameter is approximately 18 mm.  

CPR001     SOLD

*if desired, add $150 for chain shown, a 16" 14K yellow gold round light wheat chain.

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