£4,320 – £4,850
Authentic silver coin of Pietas circa 48 B.C. set in 18K gold with ruby cabochons.
Handmade in Rome.
Pietas, in Roman religion, personification of a respectful and faithful attachment to gods, country, and relatives, especially parents. Pietas had a temple at Rome, dedicated in 181 BC, and was often represented on coins as a female figure carrying a palm branch and a sceptre or as a matron casting incense upon an altar, sometimes accompanied by a stork, the symbol of filial piety.
Pietas is usually translated as “Piety”, but its real meaning is more along the lines of “Dutifulness”. It signified Caesar’s “dutiful” attention to the needs of Rome. The clasped hands and caduceus were also part of Caesar’s propaganda campaign: they showed Caesar’s spirit of moderation and reconciliation.
- Ancient silver coin
- 18K Yellow Gold
- Made in Italy
- This piece is provided with a certificate of authenticity.
- Coin Ø 17mm
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Depicted on the Coin
Obverse: Bare head of Pietas right, PIETAS behind.
Reverse: Clasped hands holding winged caduceus; ALBINVS BRUTI F Below.
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