Roman gold military ring, circa 3rd century AD.

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Roman gold military ring, circa 3rd century AD.

Rings, Dress Rings, Ancient Rings, Signet Rings, Men's Rings


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Price: £11,500

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Description

Roman gold military ring. Centrally set with an oval red jasper intaglio inscribed 'VET(eran) / XI * CL(audia) / LEG(ion)', in a closed back rubover setting, proceeding to broad and heavy trumpeting shoulders which taper through to a solid D-shape shank. Weight 26.38grams, tested yellow gold, circa 3rd century AD, accompanied by an Oxford Labs X-ray fluorescence analysis report stating the composition of the metal.

It is likely that this ring was awarded to a veteran of Legio XI Claudia, a military legion which fought on behalf of Emperor Gallienus during the revolt of Postumus in the mid-third century AD. For their bravery in battle, the legion was awarded the titles Pia V Fidelis V and Pia VI Fidelis VI ('Five times faithful and loyal' and 'Six times faithful and loyal').

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