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SOLD #7579 Diana Denarius Pendant; Please Explore Our Roman Pendants For Similar Items.
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SOLD #7579 Diana Denarius Pendant; Please Explore Our Roman Pendants For Similar Items.

$825.00


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  • Obverse: Goddess Diana
  • Reverse: Cretan Goat & Bow
  • Date: 55 BC, Grade: Very Fine
  • Mint: Rome, Roman Republic
  • Silver Denarius Coin in 14k Gold Pendant
  • Framed Coin Size: 21mm Diameter, Weight 7g

Description:
This silver denarius coin featuring Diana, was minted by moneyer Cn. Plancius in 55 BC. In Roman mythology, Diana was the goddess of the moon, hunting and birthing. She was commonly associated with wild animals and the woodlands and she was believed to have the power to talk to and control animals. Diana is often portrayed holding a bow and carrying a quiver full of arrows on her shoulder, while being accompanied by a deer or hunting dog. On this denarius coin, she is wearing a "petasus" or sun hat. The reverse shows a wild Cretan goat with a bow and quiver. Diana was also known to be the virgin goddess and looked after virgins and women. She was one of the three maiden goddesses including Minerva and Vesta who swore never to marry. Diana was also worshipped by women who wanted to be pregnant and by pregnant women who prayed for an easy delivery. She was equated with the Greek goddess Artemis and in Ephesus she was worshipped at the temple Artemis, which was one of world's seven wonders. The Roman denarius was introduced in 211 BC and was worth around 2 days pay for a Roman Soldier. It was the principal denomination and backbone of the Roman economy until it ceased to be minted in the middle of the 3rd century.