Gold ring with Coin of Emperor Marcus Aurelius

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 17 October 2016

Roman gold coins were set into rings to be worn. Decorative frames were added to turn others into brooches. The image of the emperor was believed to be a good luck charm, so it made sense to carry it around all the time. Gold coin of Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus, reigned 161-180 CE), circa 167 CE, perhaps mounted as a ring in 200s CE. From the Roman Empire. Franks bequest. (The British Museum, London).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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