Rare Roman Gold Empress Faustina Aureus Armlet

A rare, well provenanced and intricately made piece of ancient Roman jewellery, dating to the 3rd Century AD.

A gold armlet, set with an aureus minted 161 - 176 AD, in the name of Empress Faustina the Younger, wife of the great Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

Coins became popular items for inclusion into jewellery during the 3rd century. This extravagant and finely worked piece combines a complex wire band with snake head terminals that clasp an aureus, set in a hexagonal mount.

 

The aureus with the portrait bust of Faustina, wearing drapery and with her hair tied into a bun. The legend reading:

FAVSTINA AVGVSTA

“Faustina Augusta”

The reverse with Fecunditas, goddess of fertility. The deity is shown seated on an ornate throne, her feet resting on a footstool, cupping her breast and holding a young boy. Another child is seen standing in the left field, holding a laurel branch and an older child in right field, extending his hand to touch the young boy’s knee. The legend reading:

FECVNDITATI AVGVSTAE

“To the Fertility of the Augusti”

Rare Roman Gold Empress Faustina Aureus Armlet . A rare, well provenanced and intricately made piece of ancient Roman jewellery, dating to the 3rd Century AD. A gold armlet, set with an aureus minted 161 - 176 AD, in the name of Empress Faustina the Younger, wife of the great Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Coins became popular items for inclusion into jewellery during the 3rd century. This extravagant and finely worked piece combines a complex wire band with snake head terminals that clasp an aureus, set in a hexagonal mount.   The aureus with the portrait bust of Faustina, wearing drapery and with her hair tied into a bun. The legend reading: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA “Faustina Augusta” The reverse with Fecunditas, goddess of fertility. The deity is shown seated on an ornate throne, her feet resting on a footstool, cupping her breast and holding a young boy. Another child is seen standing in the left field, holding a laurel branch and an older child in right field, extending his hand to touch the young boy’s knee. The legend reading: FECVNDITATI AVGVSTAE “To the Fertility of the Augusti”

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