3rd century C.E.
The Eastern Mediterranean
Gold; forging, stamping, soldering
This necklace is a braided cord with a coin medallion of Gordian III
(238-244). The profile of the Roman Emperor, facing the right and wearing
a laurel crown, is stamped in high relief. His hair is represented by
fine cuts. Around the edge, one can read the words: IMP GORDIANUS PIVS
FEL AVG ("Gordian pious happy Augustus"). The back side depicts
Fortune, standing with a wreath in her right hand and a rod (or perhaps
an anchor) in her left hand; she is bordered by text reading LAETITIA
AVGN (Letitia of our Augustus). The coin is set in a frame of thin golf
leaf and framed with a plate imitating and broad cord. The loop for hanging
it consists of a sectional strip. This necklace is from Antioch.