Genuine Ancient Roman Coin 18Kt Gold Pendant depicting an elephant (CAESAR in ex.)
This exquisite sterling silver pendant showcases an authentic Roman coin minted in 18 BC. The coin features a depiction of an elephant on the obverse side, while the reverse side portrays Honos, embodying the likeness of Emperor Augustus. It was crafted by the moneyer Durmius, who sought to commemorate the accomplishments and honors of Augustus through this coinage.
Durmius' coinage serves as a tribute to various aspects of Augustus' achievements. It celebrates significant events such as the Parthian campaign, the honors bestowed upon Augustus in 27 BC, representations of Victories, and "family types" symbolic of the Augustan dynasty. The depiction of elephants on this coin and its timing leave little doubt that it refers to the honors bestowed upon Augustus following his triumphant return from the East. While Augustus' accomplishments were primarily diplomatic rather than military, they were nonetheless remarkable. Of particular significance was the recovery of the standards lost by Crassus at Carrhae, which added to the military glory associated with Augustus' victories.
The inclusion of Honos on the reverse side of the coin is likely a nod to the family of the moneyer, M. Durmius. This portrayal adds an additional layer of symbolism and connection to the honorable legacy of Augustus and his family.
Struck in 19 BC at the Rome mint, this coin captures the essence of the era. The obverse side presents the bare head of Honos facing right, while the reverse side depicts Augustus driving a slow biga of elephants to the left, holding a palm-branch and scepter.
This sterling silver pendant, adorned with this remarkable Roman coin, offers a tangible link to the rich history of the time, the accomplishments of Emperor Augustus, and the artistry of the ancient Roman coinage. It serves as a cherished memento of the past and a testament to the enduring legacy of the Roman Empire.
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.