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Lot 49: Roman Military Ring with Eagle
December 6, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Mid-3rd century AD. A square-section silver hoop with broad flat shoulders, discoid plaque; to the shoulders the incised legend 'LEG' 'VIII', to the bezel an intaglio regardant eagle motif. Cf. Ruseva-Slokoska, L. Roman Jewellery, Sofia, 1991, item 226. 5.22 grams, 23mm overall, 18.10mm internal diameter (approximate size British P 1/2, USA 7 3/4, Europe 16.86, Japan 16) (1"). Property of a Surrey collector; acquired in the early 1970s. Legio VIII Augusta accompanied Julius Caesar into Gaul in the 1st century BC. In the 3rd century, the legion fought in Parthia with Septimius Severus (193-211 AD) and his successors.
Condition Report: Fine condition.