$5,870 – $6,500
Authentic silver coin of Diana circa 74 B.C. set in 18K gold with citrine and peridot cabochons.
Handmade in Rome.
Diana, in Roman religion, goddess of wild animals and the hunt, identified with the Greek Goddess Artemis. Like her Greek counterpart, she was also the goddess of domestic animals. As a fertility deity she was invoked by women to aid conception and delivery. Originally an indigenous woodland goddess, Diana weary became identified with Artemis. In Rome the most important temple of Diana was on the Aventine hill. The temple housed the foundation charter of the Latin League and was said to date back to King Servious Tullius (6th century B.C.). Another important center fo the worship of Diana was at Ephesus, where the Temple of Artemis (or Diana) was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. In Roman art Diana usually appears as a hunters with bow and quiver, accompanied by a hound or a deer.
- Ancient silver coin
- 18K Yellow Gold
- Made in Italy
- Due to the unique process of hand carving coins in ancient times, there may be a few stylistic differences from the image shown.
- This piece is provided with a certificate of authenticity.
- Coin Ø 17mm
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Depicted on the Coin
Obverse: Bust of Diana right, wearing hair tied into knot; bow and quiver over shoulder.
Reverse: Hound running right; hunting spear below, C. POSTUM/TA in exergue.
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