Genuine Ancient Roman Coin 120 BC 18Kt Gold Pendant depicting two-faced God Janus

• Genuine Roman Silver Coin 2nd cent. BC • Handmade 100% Made in Italy • Bezel material: 18 Kt Gold

This 18K gold pendant features an authentic silver coin from the II century B.C. depicting the two-faced Janus, with the reverse side showing the Goddess Roma crowning a trophy and the inscription "ROMA". Janus was a significant god in ancient Roman religion and myth, revered for his role as the god of beginnings, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings.

In Roman mythology, Janus presided over both war and peace, as well as birth, journeys, trade, and shipping. The two-faced Janus, who could look to the past and future simultaneously, was considered the god of gods during moments of transition and the cycle of seasons. He was venerated as the "deorum deus" and "Ianus pater" (Janus the Father) and was considered one of the oldest divinities of the ancient Latins and Romans.

According to legend, Janus was the ancient God and King of Latium, who founded a city on the Gianicolo and gave the Aboriginal people and natives the gift of "civilization". Janus was also the father of Tiberino, the god of the Tiber, whom he had with a nymph named Camese. Janus played a crucial role in welcoming Saturn into Latium, which led to the golden age of ancient Latium.

This sterling silver pendant showcases an authentic Roman coin from the 1st century AD, featuring the portrait of Emperor Augustus. The reverse side of the coin depicts his two nephews, Lucius and Gaius.

Caesar Augustus, originally named Gaius Octavius, was born on September 23, 63 BC, and he passed away on August 19, AD 14. He is famously known as Octavian and was the first Roman emperor, reigning from 27 BC until his death in AD 14. Augustus is renowned for his role as the founder of the Roman Principate, which marked the initial phase of the Roman Empire. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential leaders in human history.

Augustus's reign ushered in an era of imperial peace known as the Pax Romana or Pax Augusta, during which the Roman world experienced relative freedom from large-scale conflicts for over two centuries, despite ongoing wars of expansion on the empire's frontiers and the "Year of the Four Emperors" civil war over the imperial succession.

Born into a wealthy equestrian branch of the plebeian gens Octavia, Augustus inherited the name, estate, and the loyalty of Julius Caesar's legions after being named as his adopted son and heir in Caesar's will. He formed the Second Triumvirate alongside Mark Antony and Marcus Lepidus to defeat Caesar's assassins. Following their victory at the Battle of Philippi in 42 BC, the Triumvirate divided the Roman Republic among themselves and ruled as de facto dictators.

After the dissolution of the Second Triumvirate, Augustus restored the outward appearance of a free republic. Power was officially vested in the Roman Senate, executive magistrates, and legislative assemblies. However, Augustus maintained autocratic authority by obtaining lifetime tenure as commander-in-chief, tribune, and censor through the Senate.

Augustus married his daughter, Agrippa, and their union resulted in five children: three sons named Gaius Caesar, Lucius Caesar, and Agrippa Postumus (named so because he was born after Marcus Agrippa's death), and two daughters named Vipsania Julia and Agrippina. It became evident that Augustus intended to make Gaius and Lucius Caesar his heirs when he adopted them as his own children.

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.