GODDESS FORTUNA Genuine Ancient Roman bronze coin silver pendant

• Handmade 100% Made in Italy • Genuine Roman Bronze Coin 3rd cent. AD • Bezel material: Sterling Silver 925
$670.00

This sterling silver pendant features an authentic 3rd century AD Roman colonial bronze coin, depicting the standing figure of Fortuna. On the reverse side, it displays the busts of Elagabalus and his grandmother Julia Maesa. Fortuna (Latin: Fortūna), the Roman goddess of fortune and personification of luck, remained popular from antiquity through the Middle Ages, largely due to the writings of Boethius.

Fortuna is commonly portrayed with symbols such as a gubernaculum (ship's rudder), a ball or Rota Fortunae (wheel of fortune), and a cornucopia (horn of plenty). She could bestow both good and bad luck and is sometimes shown veiled and blind, akin to modern depictions of Lady Justice but without the scales. Representing life's unpredictability, Fortuna was also seen as a goddess of fate; as Atrox Fortuna, she was believed to have claimed the lives of Augustus' grandsons, Gaius and Lucius.

Fortuna appears in various domestic and personal contexts. In the early Empire, an amulet from the House of Menander in Pompeii links her to the Egyptian goddess Isis, creating the composite deity Isis-Fortuna. She is closely associated with Bonus Eventus, her functional counterpart, with both deities frequently depicted on amulets, coins, and engraved gems throughout the Roman world.

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.