Roman Gold Solidus Swivel Pendant of Valentinian I

GBP 1,650.00

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Object Description

A beautiful gold pendant featuring a Roman gold solidus coin minted by the Emperor Valentinian I. Depicted on the obverse is the bust of Valentinian, wearing a diadem and draped and cuirassed, in military attire. An inscription, known as a legend, encircles the bust and reads; DN VALENTINIANVS PF AVG. This indicates the name of the emperor, Valentinian, and his title as Augustus. On the reverse, the Emperor is featured standing facing right and holding a labarum (a military standard presenting the christian symbols of Chi-Rho) and a small winged Victory. some well-preserved writings run around the borders. The legend on the reverse reads; RESTITVTOR REI PUBLICAE. This labels Valentinian as ‘Restorer of the Republic’.

The coin is set in a modern 18kt gold frame, which is topped with a diamond adornment. The gold frame is then attached via a swivel feature to a knobbed, silver arched loop. Silver ribbed terminals are interspersed evenly along the arch. The arch twists at the top to form a loop for an additional suspension loop. The frame displays a gold hallmark, hand crafted by a London Hatton garden jeweller. The swivel feature allows the wearer to show the desired face of the coin.

Date: Circa AD 364-375

Object Condition

Extremely fine condition. Original coin has been pierced from previous wear as a jewellery piece.

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:3.5 x H:4 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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