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Roman Republic Gold Aureus
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Roman Republic Gold Aureus

This gold aureus is one of the first Roman portrait coins. Roman Republican coins did not usually depict living people, although a statue of the politician Sulla appeared on a coin during his lifetime. The son of Pompey the Great adapted...
Gold Pendant Depicting Emperor Volusian
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Gold Pendant Depicting Emperor Volusian

One of the simplest ways of displaying wealthiness was to wear it, as seen in this pendant made from a coin. The wealthier the wearer, the more elaborate the jewellery could be. An elaborate setting could be added to turn a gold coin into...
Gold ring with Coin of Emperor Marcus Aurelius
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Gold ring with Coin of Emperor Marcus Aurelius

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...
Silla Gold Crown from Cheonmachong
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Silla Gold Crown from Cheonmachong

The gold crown from the Silla tomb Cheonmachong ('Heavenly Horse Tomb'), Gyeongju, Korea. 6th century CE, gold and jade. Height 32.5 cm. National Treasure No. 188. (Gyeongju National Museum)
Etruscan Gold Coin
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Etruscan Gold Coin

An Etruscan gold coin from Populonia. Gold, 5th century BCE.
Gold Cone of Ezelsdorf-Buch
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Gold Cone of Ezelsdorf-Buch

The Gold Cone of Ezelsdorf-Buch is a tall (88 cm), cone-shaped object made of thin sheet gold, it is seen as belonging to a group of artifacts referred to as Bronze Age Golden hats. It was presumably worn by special functionaries on ceremonial...
Gold and Lapiz Lazuli Pin of Puabi, Ur
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Gold and Lapiz Lazuli Pin of Puabi, Ur

This gold toggle was found with the body of Puabi herself inside her grave, by her upper left arm. Puabi was a Semitic Akkadian woman from Ur, c. 2600 BCE, possibly a queen or priestess. The lapis lazuli head was carved, perforated, and polished...
Mesopotamian Gold Strainer
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Mesopotamian Gold Strainer

This gold strainer was roughly shaped and has a short handle. It was found at the bottom of the pit of Queen Puabi's grave. Beer and wine were drunk in Mesopotamia from at least the fourth millennium BCE and it is possible that the strainer...
Gold Octadrachm of Ptolemy II & Arsinöe II
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Gold Octadrachm of Ptolemy II & Arsinöe II

This massive gold coin weighing approximately 27.7-8 grams was known as an octadrachm (equivalent in worth to 8 drachmae). Under the Ptolemies, mints in cities like Alexandria and Ptolemais produced ever larger denominations in gold, silver...
Gold Ring and Coin of Diocletian
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Gold Ring and Coin of Diocletian

This is a gold ring with an aureus (gold coin) of the Roman Emperor Diocletian (r. 284-305 CE). The reverse of the coin (not shown here) shows four soldiers sacrificing in front of a camp. Roman period, 4th century CE; the coin is a modern...