IMPERIAL SEPTIMUS SEVERUS SILVER DENARIUS COIN PENDANT
IN 14K YELLOW GOLD
193 - 211 A.D.
This remarkably well
preserved and finely detailed issue of the emperor Septimus Severus makes for a
beautiful pendant. The crisp detail of the profile must be seen to
fully appreciate! With its high polished simple yellow gold setting,
this classic genuine article of a great empire from antiquity also serves
as a stunning piece of jewelry.
An African by birth,
Septimius Severus joined the Roman army as a young man and worked his way
up through the ranks. He was a superstitious man and often consulted
astrologers concerning his future. According to the accounts given
in the Historia Augusta, or the Lives of the Later Caesars, there were
many favorable omens that predicted that Septimius would one day become
emperor. He married the brilliant and beautiful Julia Domna, whose
horoscope also predicted that she would marry an emperor, even though
Septimius was a young army officer at the time. She was the daughter
of a high priest of Elagabal, a god that was popular in Syria during the
Third Century A.D. Domna, like other women of the Severan Dynasty, held a
position of great power during the reign of Septimius Severus and his
Septimius Severus spent
much of his time away from Rome putting down rebellions and dealing with
rivals. He even campaigned in Britain against the wild and unruly
Scots who were harassing the civilized towns of Roman Britain. The
legendary Scottish hero Fingal was supposed to have fought successfully
against the Roman legions of Septimius Severus in defense of the cherished
liberty of the Scots. Septimius Severus took his two sons, Geta and
Caracalla to Britain with him in order to get them away from a life of
luxury in Rome and expose them to the virtues of life in a rough Roman
army camp. Before Severus died at York, he told his sons to
cooperate with each other in ruling the Empire together. The last words of
advice to his sons he spoke as he lay dying in this Roman outpost so far
from the civilized center of the empire expressed more a hope than a
command. "Rule together as brothers, enrich the soldiers, and
forget about everybody else."
A fascinating artifact
Overall diameter is 18 mm.
*if desired, add $195
for chain shown, a 16" 14K yellow gold
round light wheat chain.