The gold aureus became a regular part of Roman coinage in the time of Julius Caesar (4944 B.C.), and he was the first Roman to mint coins bearing his own portrait. After the emperor Augustus (ruled 27 B.C.A.D. 14) received authority to issue coinage, Roman coins became inextricably linked with the emperors sovereignty. Thereafter, coins produced at the imperial mints bore portraits of the ruling emperor and his family, serving to circulate the rulers image throughout the empire.
The Museums collection includes a gold aureus minted at Rome during the reign of the emperor Antonius Pius (ruled A.D. 138161). The coin shows on the obverse a draped bust of his wife, the empress Faustina, whose death and deification in A.D. 141 the coin commemorates. Our regal earrings are based on this ancient Roman coin. 14K gold overlay, with topaz-colored glass cabochons. Imported. 7/8”L. Pierced, with gold-filled posts.
14K gold overlay, with topaz-colored glass cabochons Imported 7/8”L Pierced, with gold-filled posts