Lot 7: Roman Gold Ring of Legio XI Claudia
December 6, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 3rd century AD. A gold D-section hoop with expanding shoulders, flat scaphoid plaque with inset red jasper, intaglio inscription 'VET / XI * CL / LEG'. Cf. Ruseva-Slokoska, L. Roman Jewellery, Sofia, 1991, item 246. 26 grams, 29mm overall, 14.26 x 18.35mm internal diameter (approximate size British F 1/2, USA 3 1/4, Europe 4.74, Japan 4) (1 1/4"). Property of a Surrey collector; acquired in the early 1970s. Accompanied by a positive X-Ray Fluorescence metal analysis certificate. The ring was probably awarded to a veteran (VET) of Legio XI Claudia. In the 3rd century this legion took part in the contest between Emperor Gallienus and the Gallic Emperor Postumus, taking the side of Gallienus and receiving the titles Pia V Fidelis V and Pia VI Fidelis VI (Five times faithful and loyal and Six times faithful and loyal"). Elements of the legion fought in Egypt and Mauretania. The stone was examined in detail by Dr. Bonewitz who observed: 'High quality cutting and carving. The lack of wear on the edges of the stone suggest that it was kept as a keepsake rather than worn.'
Condition Report: Extremely fine condition. A large wearable size.