Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver handmade festoon coin necklace featuring authentic ancient Roman coins 2000 years old. The first coin on the left side of the necklace is Titus Flavius Domitianus, called Domitian, who was Roman Emperor from AD 81-96. During his reign, he was known for developing a "cult of personality". The coin and frame are 20mm. The left coin closest to the center is Marcus Aurelius Severus Alexander, called Severus Alexander. He was Roman Emperor from AD 207-235. Severus allowed the first synagogue to be built in Rome and tried to build a temple to Jesus, without success. The coin and frame are 22mm. The central coin features Marcus Julius Philippus, called Philip II or Philip the "Arab" because he was born (probably) in modern day Syria. He was the Roman Emperor from AD 244 to 249. He is the first Roman Emperor who was tolerant of Christians and is sometimes referred to as the first "Christian Emperor". The coin and frame are 24mm. Right of the center is the coin of Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus, called Caracalla. He was Roman Emperor from AD 188-217. He is best known for the "Edict of Caracalla" allowing all free men in the Roman empire to become Roman citizens. The coin and frame are 21mm. The far right coin is Lucius Septimus Geta, known as Geta. He was Roman Emperor from AD 189-211, along with his brother Caracalla. His brother had him assassinated and tried to obliterate his image and name. The coin and the frame are 19mm. The necklace is 17-1/2" long and has a toggle clasp closure.
Festoon necklaces feature garlands and drapery and have been popular throughout history, including during the Roman period.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The coins have varying silver contents depending on the period of manufacture and are called Denarii, or Denarius. They represent periods of minting from AD 81 through AD 249. All of the coins are in reasonable condition for their age, but have not graded.
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