Genuine Roman Silver Coin Pendant depicting God Jupiter
- • Handmade 100% Made in Italy • Genuine Roman Silver Coin 3rd cent. BC • Bezel material: Sterling Silver 925
In this silver pendant is set an authentic Roman silver coin (Victoriatus) from the 3rd century BC, which depicts the head of Jupiter with a laurel wreath. In the back, there is a winged Victory. Jupiter is usually thought to have originated as an aerial god. His identifying implement is the thunderbolt and his primary sacred animal is the eagle, which held precedence over other birds in the taking of auspices and became one of the most common symbols of the Roman army. The two emblems were often combined to represent the god in the form of an eagle holding in its claws a thunderbolt, frequently seen on Greek and Roman coins. As the sky god, he was a divine witness to oaths, the sacred trust on which justice and good government depend. Many of his functions were focused on Capitoline Hill, where the citadel was located. In the Capitoline Triad, he was the central guardian of the state with Juno and Minerva. His sacred tree was the oak.