Ancient Roman gold signet ring, 3rd century AD.


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Ancient Roman gold signet ring, 3rd century AD. A yellow gold ring, the raised rectangular bezel engraved with letters spelling AMANIT in reverse, Latin for ‘beloved’, in a symmetrical formation, on a heavy hexagonal tapered shank with alternating ridges and grooves, weight 19.7 grams, accompanied by an Oxford Labs X-ray fluorescence report stating the composition of the metal.

The polygonal outline of this ring is typical of Roman rings of the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, and is nearly identical to one originating in Southern Thrace (which encompassed parts of present-day Bulgaria as well as Greece and Turkey) in the collection of the National Archaeological Museum in Sofia, Bulgaria, and dating to the 3rd century AD. According to the catalogue for the collection this would have been worn by a freed slave.

Ring size guide: S

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