Gold Ring Featuring a Roman Silver Denarius of Emperor Septimius Severus

SKU FJ.6598
Circa

193 AD to 211 AD

Medium

Gold, Silver

Origin

Mediterranean

Gallery Location

USA


 

This genuine ancient Roman coin has been mounted in a modern 18 karat gold ring.

Emperor Lucius Septimius Severus was born 11 April 145 in the Carthaginian city of Lepcis Magna located in North Africa. Septimius Severus came from a distinguished local family with cousins who received suffect consulships in Rome under Antoninus Pius. Severus restored stability to the Roman Empire after the tumultuous reign of the emperor Commodus and the civil wars that erupted in the wake of Commodus' murder. However, by giving greater pay and benefits to soldiers and annexing the troublesome lands of northern Mesopotamia into the Roman empire, Septimius Severus brought increasing financial and military burdens to Rome's government. His prudent administration allowed these burdens to be met during his eighteen years on the throne, but his reign was not entirely sunny. The bloodiness with which Severus gained and maintained control of the empire tarnished his generally positive reputation. His reign marks a critical stage in the development of the absolute despotism that characterized the later Roman Empire.

The natural splendor of the precious metals is allowed to shine in this ring. The natural hues of the silver and the gold complement each other. In this ring, the present and the past combine. The classic reserved form of the modern ring enhances the timeless beauty and majesty of the ancient coin. To wear this ring is to reconnect with the past while continuing to look stylish and elegant in the now.

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