"When in Rome": Ancient Roman Coin Necklace (Gallienus/Securitas)
*Note: These coins are identified to the best of my ability using any letters/symbols that are visibly available, and searching against a numismatic database. Please note that while I try incredibly hard to correctly identify them, I am just a hobbyist -- not an expert. Each coin is hand cleaned by me in a process that takes months of soaking, toothpicking, and toothbrushing. Colorization is natural patina from old age that is valued by coin collectors, and I have protected it with Renaissance wax. Because these coins are around 2000 years old and spend hundreds of years buried in the ground, there will be imperfections in surface, patina, and shape. My coins mostly come from the Balkans, and are discovered in buried hoards by farmers tilling soil.
Materials in Bezel/Bail/Chain: Sterling Silver
Chain and Closure: 16", dainty, lobster claw closure with small jump ring
Specific Coin Identification: RIC V Gallienus 280
Obverse: "GALLIENVS AVG"
Reverse: "SECVRIT PERPET"
Emperor in Power: Gallienus
Emperor Bust on Coin: Gallienus
Deity/Image on Back: Securitas, holding a sceptre and leaning against a wall/column
Mint Date: 260-268 CE. This coin is ~1,753 years old
Mint Location: Rome
Denomination: Antoninianus (silver)
Meet Securitas, the goddess of security. She's holding a sceptre and leaning up against a wall (for, ya know, extra security!).
This coin: it was minted in the Third Century Crisis, when there was no empire-wide security. Instead, Gallienus was using this coin as propaganda, pleading with the people to just SUBMIT TO HIS RULE AND BE COMPLACENT! Simple, right? Nah. Gallienus' rule, albeit long for the time period, was riddled with battle and usurpers everywhere. People were not chill with being complacent, and Gallienus's power and rule were all BUT secure. Due to inflation, uprisings, and religious upheaval, Rome was at a breaking point (it's not called the Third Century Crisis for nothing!). And unsurprisingly, Gallienus was murdered in 268 CE.