A LATE ROMAN GOLD FINGER RING
EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION ACQUIRED SINCE THE 1960S
A LATE ROMAN GOLD FINGER RING

CIRCA 350 A.D.

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A LATE ROMAN GOLD FINGER RING
Circa 350 A.D.
The solid hoop rectangular in section, with a raised rectangular bezel inscribed FIDEM, the hoop inscribed D[omino] N[ostro] CONSTANTINO AUGUSTO N[ovo] AN[no], its weight (17.6 grams) equal to 4 solidi
1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm.) wide; ring size 12¼

Lot Essay

Imperial gifts in precious metal were often presented on special occasions, such as accession to the throne, anniversaries and the New Year. This ring is clearly inscribed as a New Years ring presented by the Emperor Constantine the Great. Most of the rings of this type were gifted by the emperors of the early 4th century to reward soldiers and military officers, perhaps to ensure loyalty. The great majority of these have been found in the Western Empire. See Johansen, "Rings, Fibulae and Buckles with Imperial Portraits and Inscriptions," AJA, Vol. 7, 1994.
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