DEXTRARUM IUNCTIO Genuine Ancient Roman Silver Coin 2nd cent. AD Pendant

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

This silver pendant features an authentic 2nd-century AD coin, depicting two clasped hands, a caduceus, and two ears of corn. Minted during the transition from Emperor Hadrian to his successor Antoninus Pius, who was adopted by Hadrian, the coin's reverse side shows the bust of Antoninus Pius. The imagery on the coin offers a historical snapshot, akin to reading a contemporary newspaper.

The clasped hands symbolize the unwavering support of the army and the Senate, while the caduceus represents peace and the goddess Felicitas. The ears of corn signify prosperity, reflecting the aspirations of the era. In ancient Rome, the joining of right hands, known as Dextrarum Iunctio, had 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, clasped hands symbolized concord and unity following the sealing of agreements or contracts. This pendant encapsulates the nuanced symbolism and cultural practices of ancient Rome, offering a glimpse into the 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.