Silver Roman Denarius Coin earrings, these are the reverse side of the coin which depicts the Goddess Minerva. (ref. SC18)
This earrings are made from a molding I've taken from an original silver Denarius of Emporer Marcus Aurelius AD161-180 which I found whilst out metal detecting on my native Isle of Anglesey on 16th June 2010.
Using Precious metal clay (PMC) I have been able to capture it's beauty in 950 silver purity, which has then been kiln fired.
The pendant is 20% smaller than the original Roman silver coin, due to the firing process of the (PMC)
Diameter of each earring is 15mm.
Marcus Aurelius was born in AD 121. His early education was overseen by the Emperor Hadrian, and he was later adopted by the Emporer Antoninus Pius in AD 138. After an initial education in the rhetoric undertaken by Fronto, Marcus later abandoned it in favor of philosophy. Marcus became Emporer himself in AD 161, initially alongside Lucius Verus, becoming solve Emporer in AD 169. Continual attacks meant that much of his reign was spent on campaign, especially in central Europe. However, he did find time to establish four Chairs of Philosophy in Athens, one for each of the principal philosophical traditions (Platonic, Aristolelian. Stoic, and Epicurean). He died is AD 180.
Minerva was regarded as the Roman Goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare, and the sponsor of arts, trade and strategy. Minerva is not a patron of violence such as Mars, but of defensive warfare only. From the second century BC onwards, the Romans equated her with the Greek Goddess Athena. Minerva is one of the three Roman dieties in the Capitoline Triad, along with Jupiter and Juno.