A Unique Bracelet of Antique Aurei

On 12 June 2020, by Anne Doridou-Heim

A sale successfully appealing to several types of buyers with a singular piece of jewellery.

Antonine dynasty (96 - 192 AD), Roman period, bracelet consisting of seven aurei with dynasts of the Antonine family, yellow gold, modern setting from the second half of the 19th century, weight: 90.4 g.
Result: €49,400

The Millon auction house multiplied its chances here, as the object was aimed at lovers of antiquity, ancient coins and jewellery alike. This bracelet – in a setting from the second half of the 19th century – consisted of seven coins (aurei) with portraits of members of the Antonine dynasty, who ruled between 96 and 192 CE at the height of the Roman Empire's glory. They feature Antoninus Pius, his wife Faustina the Elder, Marcus Aurelius, his wife Faustina the Younger, Lucius Verus, his wife Lucilla, and Commodus. The coins, listed in the catalogue of Auguste Racine's collection published in 1877, are in fine condition. And though not signed, the setting can be attributed to Eugène Fontenay, a Paris jeweller of the second half of the 19th century, whose speciality was to insert antique coins, intaglios and cameos into his jewellery. A wealth of assets for a unique item, which finally fetched €49,400.

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