Authentic Roman Silver Coin Pendant depicting Emperor Marcus Aurelius

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

In this sterling silver pendant, an authentic Roman coin from the 2nd century AD has been set, depicting Emperor Marcus Aurelius; on the back we can see Fortuna sitting on a throne, with a rudder and a cornucopia. Marcus Annius Verus was born in Rome in A.D. 121, the son of Annius Verus and Domitia Lucilla. Hadrian recognized the fine qualities of the youth and he was betrothed to the daughter of Aelius Caesar. After the death of Aelius, he was adopted by Antoninus and took the names of M. Aelius Aurelius Verus. In A.D. 139 he was given the title of Caesar and in 145 he married Faustina Junior, the daughter of Antoninus. The tribunician power was conferred on him in 147 and his succession to the throne on March 7th, A.D. 161, was smooth. He immediately admitted L. Verus as his partner in the administration, and betrothed him to is the daughter. Lucilla was a careful, generous and conscientious ruler and is best remembered for his devotion to Stoic philosophy. He died on March 17th, A.D. 180, and was immediately deified. Fortuna (Latin: Fortūna, equivalent to the Greek goddess Tyche) is the goddess of fortune and the personification of luck in Roman religion who, largely thanks to the Late Antique author Boethius, remained popular through the Middle Ages until at least the Renaissance. Fortuna is often depicted with a gubernaculum (ship's rudder), a ball or Rota Fortunae (wheel of fortune, first mentioned by Cicero) and a cornucopia (horn of plenty). She might bring good or bad luck: she could be represented as veiled and blind, as in modern depictions of Lady Justice, except that Fortuna does not hold a balance. Fortuna came to represent life's capriciousness. She was also a goddess of fate: as Atrox Fortuna, she claimed the young lives of the princeps Augustus' grandsons Gaius and Lucius, prospective heirs to the Empire. Fortuna is found in a variety of domestic and personal contexts. During the early Empire, an amulet from the House of Menander in Pompeii links her to the Egyptian goddess Isis, as Isis-Fortuna. She is functionally related to the god Bonus Eventus, who is often represented as her counterpart: both appear on amulets, coins and intaglio engraved gems across the Roman world.