Roman Gold Solidus Swivel Pendant of Valentinian I

£ 1,650.00

A beautiful gold pendant featuring a Roman gold solidus coin minted by the Emperor Valentinian I. Depicted on the obverse is the bust of Valentinian, wearing a diadem and draped and cuirassed, in military attire. An inscription, known as a legend, encircles the bust and reads; DN VALENTINIANVS PF AVG. This indicates the name of the emperor, Valentinian, and his title as Augustus. On the reverse, the Emperor is featured standing facing right and holding a labarum (a military standard presenting the christian symbols of Chi-Rho) and a small winged Victory. some well-preserved writings run around the borders. The legend on the reverse reads; RESTITVTOR REI PUBLICAE. This labels Valentinian as ‘Restorer of the Republic’.

The coin is set in a modern 18kt gold  frame, which is topped with a diamond adornment. The gold frame is then attached via a swivel feature to a knobbed, silver arched loop. Silver ribbed terminals are interspersed evenly along the arch. The arch twists at the top to form a loop for an additional suspension loop. The frame displays a gold hallmark, hand crafted by a London Hatton garden jeweller. The swivel feature allows the wearer to show the desired face of the coin.

Please be aware that the chain is for reference only, we do have chains available upon enquiry.

Date: Circa AD 364-375
Condition: Extremely fine condition. Original coin has been pierced from previous wear as a jewellery piece.

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The solidus was a highly pure, gold coin, issued in the Late Roman Empire, at the time of Diocletian. It continued to be circulating into the Byzantine Empire and until the 11th century AD. The coin had a vast circulation and was also used as a unit of weight of approximately 4.5 grams. The Emperor Valentinian, known sometimes as Valentinian the Great, ruled the Roman Empire from AD 364. He descended from a military family, accompanying his father to Africa on military expeditions. He rose to prominence and was declared Emperor, after various other choices declined the purple. To appease the army, who were hesitant in their support, he elected his brother as co-Emperor of the East. Valentinian held his court in Milan, whilst Valens operated from Constantinople. Valentinian is painted a boorish man, of military ascent and thus lacking the Classical education of finer men. Perhaps because of his more humble origins, he is credited to taking more of an interest in the lower classes.


Weight 12.1 g
Dimensions L 4 x W 3.5 cm




Reference: For similar item, see The British Museum, London, item number: 1922,0523.1

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