Gold necklace with coin pendants


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169

Two openwork pendants are suspended from a double chain of figure-of-eight loops. Each pendant is set with an aureus (gold coin) of the Emperor Alexander Severus (r. A.D. 222–235). Their different sizes and the second spacer suggest that additional pendants are now missing from the chain. The use of coins in jewelry became very fashionable in the third century and persisted until the early seventh century.

Gold necklace with coin pendants, Gold, Roman

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