Pendant with original Roman coin depicting a Lira

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Pendant with original Roman coin depicting a Lira

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Jewels with coins, Roman intaglios stones and micro-mosaics

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Monetary jewels - Pendants

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This sterling silver pendant has been set with an authentic bronze coin from the 2nd century BC, which comes from Lilybaeon (later Lilibeo) a Sicilian city which corresponds to today’s Marsala. The coin depicts a Lira on one side and a head of Apollo on the other. Diodorus (90 – 27 BC) reports that Lilibeo was founded by the exiled Punic, fled from Mothia, destroyed by Dionysius of Syracuse in 397 BC. Lilibeo, thanks to its guard position between the Mediterranean and the Tyrrhenian Sea, was initially a Carthaginian outpost. It then assumed great importance under Roman rule when one of the two quaestors that Rome sent to Sicily (the other was based in Syracuse) was based there. Having become Roman, Lilibeo soon became a lively commercial center, thanks to its port and the intense maritime traffic in the Mediterranean. It was enriched with splendid villas and public buildings, so much so that Cicero, former quaestor of Lilibeo, defined it as splendid civitas in the year 75 BC. The city prospered as long as the Roman Empire lasted, some Romans moved there for the warm climate and the blue sea, building splendid villas on the coasts or inland. But the locals also became Romanized, learning to appreciate the comforts and luxuries of the Romans, starting with the baths, and then the libraries, arcades, parks, fountains, basilicas, temples and so on. Even today the city coat of arms shows the image of Apollo with the Lyre.