Authentic Greek Silver Coin Pendant depicting the rod of Aesculapius, symbol of the medical profession

  • • Handmade 100% Made in Italy • Authentic Greek Silver Coin 2nd cent. BC • Band material: Sterling Silver 925

In this sterling silver pendant a real Greek drachma (from the 2nd century BC) has been set, which represents the rod of Aesculapius, symbol of the medical profession; in the back we see the graduated head of Aesculapius. Asclepius ( Latin: Aesculapius) is a hero and god of medicine in ancient Greek religion and mythology. He is the son of Apollo and Coronis. Asclepius represents the healing aspect of the medical arts; his daughters are Hygieia ("Hygiene", the goddess of cleanliness), Laso (the goddess of recuperation from illness), Aceso (the goddess of the healing process), Aegle (the goddess of good health) and Panacea (the goddess of universal remedy). He shared with Apollo the epithet Paean ("the Healer"). The rod of Asclepius, a snake-entwined staff, (similar to the caduceus) remains a symbol of medicine today. Those physicians and attendants who served this god were known as the Therapeutae of Asclepius.