ROMAN REPUBLIC HELMETED
ROMA SILVER DENARIUS COIN PENDANT
IN 14K YELLOW GOLD
For the first time ever,
we offer a very unique piece of ancient coin jewelry, a
coin pendant that
CAN BE WORN ON BOTH SIDES
- there is no "back"! This is a new design I am only able
to offer in those very rare instances where the coin is so perfectly
struck as to be uniform AND have a reverse that is right side up as the
obverse is. Furthermore, not only is the detail and relief of this
coin in close to an UNCIRCULATED state, both sides of this coin afford the
same perfection of preservation and centering of the dies when it was
struck. All said, this is one heck of a rare coin in this condition
and the theme of the Empress with her signature hair style offers a
wonderful subject coin to be used in jewelry.
obverse shows a young Julia Domna in the historical 'prime' of her
life. The reverse (on the right, above) shows the Roman
personification PUDICITIA - representing chastity and modesty, seated
wearing a veil. The gold pendant setting is a
robust wavy ribbon filigree
design offering a breathtaking and highly unusual setting for this work of
ancient art! The rich luster of the silver
denarius coin contrasts well
with the warm 14KY gold and makes for an unforgettable piece of jewelry.
Julia Domna was one of
the most powerful people in the Roman Empire during the period from A.D.
193 to 217. While her emperor husband, Septimius Severus, was
fighting rivals, pursuing rebels, and subduing revolts in the far corners
of the empire, Julia Domna was left to administer the vast Roman
Empire. She proved to be an able administrator, playing one powerful
general or senator against another, while keeping herself from falling
into the many traps set by political enemies at court. Septimius
often sought her advice, as did Caracalla when he ascended the throne
after his brother's murder. She was also a patron of the arts and
invited the most brilliant philosophers, writers, and other artists in the
Roman world to grace her court and keep learning and culture alive in a
world that was destined to fall onto chaos within less than a generation.
Julia was a woman who
was accustomed to power, but this came to an end after the murder of her
son Caracalla in A.D. 217. Hers had also been a life filled with
many sorrows. Caracalla had murdered his brother Geta in her private
apartments even as the younger son sought protection in Julia's
arms. After Macrinus had murdered Caracalla and seized the throne,
he sent her away from Antioch after it was reported that Julia was
inciting troops to rebel against him. At this time, she was believed
to be about fifty years old and was suffering from a painful illness,
probably cancer of the breast. Rather than face exile and the
humiliation of being reduced to the status of a private citizen, she
elected to commit suicide by starving herself.
Even at this later date
when the finest of numismatic art belonged to the past, the portraits on
her coins accurately depicted her face. On the coins from early in
the reign of her husband, we see the face of a strong young woman, but we
see a cynical face hardened and lined with age in her later portraits.
This coin of Julia Domna
in her youth depicts a beautiful and powerful Julia, minted at what was,
most likely, the happiest days of her life. No coin could offer
finer detail and preservation as this example. Virtually
UNCIRCULATED!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED with detail and relief
rivaling any of the finest possible numismatic specimens of Imperial Rome!
Overall diameter is a sizable 24 mm.
*if desired, add $185
for chain shown, for
a 16" 14KY gold coriana chain.