by Claudia Ghezzi

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Pendenti monetali di
etą costantiniana

Gold multiples were so precious and aesthetically remarkable that they were reused with a decorative function as personal ornaments. One of the most noticeable examples is a necklace of the age of Constantine, of unknown origins and, unfortunately, fragmented.

Elementi distanziatori
per collana monetale

Indeed it is believed that five pendants - kept today in four different museums - were originally part of a single necklace, as they have same size, same frames with spiral scrolls in pierced-work with male and female busts in high relief, same working technique and same state of preservation. Furthermore, a double solidus of Constantine I is set in every pendant. The multiples were minted in Nicomedia and Sirmium in 321 and 324 A.D. respectively, on the occasion of the second and third consulate of Constantine's sons, Crispus and Constantine II.
The ideal reconstruction of the necklace sees the octagonal pendant at its centre, with a circular and hexagonal one on both sides, separated by spacers in the form of small pillars.

Multiplo da un
solido e mezzo di
Costantino I

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