Authentic Roman Silver Coin 18 Kt Gold Pendant depicting Emperor Hadrian
- • Handmade 100% Made in Italy
• Authentic Roman Silver Coin 2nd cent. AD
• Band material: 18 Kt Gold
This 18 Kt gold pendant has been set with an authentic Roman coin from the 2nd century AD depicting Emperor Hadrian. On the other side of the coin we can see the seated Goddess Fortuna.
Hadrian is remembered for his travels, his building projects, and his efforts to tie together the far-flung outposts of the Roman empire. He was aesthetic and educated and left behind several poems. Signs of his reign remain in several buildings, including the Temple of Rome and Venus, and he rebuilt the Pantheon, which had been destroyed by fire during the reign of his predecessor.
His country residence, Villa Adriana, outside Rome is considered the architectural epitome of the opulence and elegance of the Roman world. Covering seven square miles, it was more a garden city than a villa, including baths, libraries, sculpture gardens, theaters, alfresco dining halls, pavilions, and private suites, portions of which survived to modern times. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. Hadrian's tomb, now called the Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, became a burial place for succeeding emperors and was converted into a fortress in the 5th century.
On the reverse side of the coin we read "Fortunae Reduci" because in the Roman Empire, Fortuna Redux was a form of the goddess who oversaw a return, as from a long or perilous journey. Her attributes were Cornucopia and rudder.
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