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John B McNamara Jewelry

CPR216 - ANCIENT ROMAN JUPITER GOD COIN FROM LICINUS IN 14 KARAT GOLD PENDANT SETTING

POUNDS STERLING152.20

CPR216 - ANCIENT ROMAN JUPITER GOD COIN FROM LICINUS IN 14 KARAT GOLD PENDANT SETTING

POUNDS STERLING152.20
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CPR216
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Product Description

SETTING
14K YELLOW GOLD
COIN 
AE3
COIN AGE
317 - 324 A.D.
TOTAL SIZE
.75" diameter overall

INCLUDES GIFT BOX
Actual Item - One Only

COMES WITH CERTIFICATE OF
AUTHENTICITY / HISTORY SHEET

ADD A GOLD CHAIN

DISPLAYED WITH A MEDIUM FORSANTINA CHAIN

From the late period of the Roman tetrarchy, this authentic bronze coin issued under the Emperor Licinius II, possesses a beautiful and prized gold and brown bronze patina, perfectly complimenting the rich 14KY simple polished solid gold pendant setting. The coin shows the reverse side of the coin featuring a prominent image of the Roman god Jupiter and the inscription "IOVI CONSERVATOR AVG" which translates to "Jupiter, conservator of the emperor".  Equally fitting for either a man or a woman to wear, no doubt, this piece will really make for a unique and interesting fine jewelry pendant for any lover of ancient history.

He nominally served as Caesar in the eastern empire from 317 to 324 AD while his father was Augustus. His mother was Licinius' wife Flavia Julia Constantia, who was also the half-sister of Constantine I.  After his defeat by Constantine at the Battle of Chrysopolis, Licinius the elder was initially spared and placed in captivity at Thessalonica.  However, within a year Constantine regretted his leniency and the former Emperor was hanged.  The younger Licinius, who was Constantine's nephew, also fell victim to the emperor's suspicions and was killed.

In the early days of Christianity under the rule of the Roman Empire, Christians were persecuted, tortured and put to death. Those that were believers were extremely discreet in their faith because they had to be in order to survive. In 303 AD, the emperors Constantine I (later known as 'Constantine the Great') and Licinius signed the Edict of Tolerance. This put an end to the persecution of Christian converts and Christianity was recognized equal to other cults in the Empire. In the struggle that followed for establishing an autocracy in the Empire, Constantine I defeated Licinius. On a separate occasion, Constantine I went up against Maxentius and converted to Christianity just following a miraculous victory. This single historical conversion meant that the ruling emperor of all the Roman Empire was Christian and many changes followed that included the relocating of the Empire's center in 330 AD to the city Byzantium (then changed to Constantinople) in what is now modern day Istanbul, Turkey. 

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