Genuine Ancient Roman Silver Coin Pendant depicting "Dextrarum Iunctio"

• Handmade 100% Made in Italy • Genuine Roman Silver Coin 2nd cent. AD • Bezel material: Sterling Silver 925

This silver pendant showcases an authentic 2nd-century coin, capturing the imagery of two clasped hands, a caduceus, and two ears of corn. Minted during the transition from Emperor Hadrian to his successor Antoninus Pius, who adopted him, the coin's reverse side displays the bust of Antoninus Pius. The symbolism depicted on the coin serves as a historical snapshot, akin to reading a newspaper of the time.

The clasped hands symbolize the unwavering support of the army and the Senate, while the caduceus represents peace and the goddess Felicitas. Additionally, the ears of wheat signify prosperity, reflecting the aspirations of the era. In ancient Rome, the joining of right hands, known as Dextrarum Iunctio, held multifaceted meanings. Beyond its literal interpretation of meeting and parting, the handclasp conveyed notions of harmony, friendship, and loyalty.

Tacitus, in his works, elaborates on the significance of the right hand as consecrated to the deity of fidelity. In political contexts, the clasped hands symbolized concord and unity following the sealing of agreements or contracts. Through this pendant, we are afforded a glimpse into the nuanced symbolism and cultural practices of ancient Rome, encapsulating the essence of political and social dynamics of the time.

Our jewelry store, Serra Roma, proudly presents an exquisite collection that beautifully honors the ancient traditions of Greek and Roman civilizations. Each piece in our collection, including authentic ancient Roman and Greek coins and intaglios, is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, providing proof of its historical significance and origin.