Gold Pendant with Bronze Coin of Emperor Diocletian - FJ.7021
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 284 AD to 305 AD

Collection: Jewelry
Style: Roman Coin Pendant
Medium: Bronze and Gold


Born of humble parents, Maximianus rose in the army, on the basis of his military skill, to become a trusted officer and friend of Emperor Diocletian, who made him Caesar in 285 A.D. and Augustus the following year. Thus in theory, Maximianus became the colleague of Diocletian, but his role was always subordinate. Assigned the government of the West, Maximianus failed to suppress revolts in Gaul and Britain; Constantius Chlorus, appointed Caesar under Maximianus in 293, took charge of these areas while Maximianus continued to govern Italy, Spain, and Africa. On May 1, 305, the same day that Diocletian abdicated at Nicomedia, Maximianus abdicated, evidently reluctantly, at Mediolanum. As the new tetrarchy (two Augusti with a Caesar under each) that succeeded them began to break down, Maximianus reclaimed the throne to support his son Maxentius' claim to be Caesar. Persuaded to abdicate once more by Diocletian in 308, he lived at the court of Constantine, who had recently married his daughter Fausta. Maximian died in 310 shortly after the suppression of a revolt raised by him against Constantine.

The splendor of the precious metals is allowed to shine in this pendant. The luminosity of the gold mounting complements the dark, tarnished hue of the bronze. In this pendant, the present and the past combine. The classical reserved form of the modern pendant enhances the timeless beauty and majesty of the ancient coin. To wear this pendant is to reconnect with the past while continuing to look stylish in the present. - (FJ.7021)



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