RARE SUITE D'AUREI DE LA DYNASTIE DES ANTONINS
Bracelet composed of seven aurei of the dynasts of the Antonine family; Antoninus the pious (86/ R138-161 ) and his wife Faustina the ancient (100-140); Marcus Aurelius (121-R161-180) and his wife Faustina the young (120-175); Lucius Verus ( 130-R161-169) and his wife Lucilla (150- 182) and Commodus ( 161-R180-192).
Condition of the coins from APC to Sup, soldered on five points on the edge. Yellow
gold case, modern setting of the second half of the XIXth century. (unsigned)
Weight 90,4 gr
Provenance and parallel
The seven coins were listed in the catalogue of the collection of Mr Auguste Racine published in 1877. Catalogue des Monnaies impériales Romaines et Byzantines composing the collection of Mr Auguste Racine (pp162 n°94, pp165 n°1013, pp167 n°1025,pp169 n°1035, pp171 n°1045 and n°1048, pp172 n°1053). In his letter to Mr Racine's descendants written on September 12, 1979, Mr Jean Vinchon states that the collection "greatly increased by the collector.
Eugène Fontenay, a 19th century jeweller is most certainly responsible for the creation of this piece. In Paris he inlaid coins, intaglios and antique cameos in his ornaments. The pine cones adorning the ankles are in line with the attribution to this famous jeweller. In 1887, in a very interesting technical and typological study on antique jewellery in "Les bijoux anciens et modernes", he revealed the origin of the inspiration of most of the great European jewellers.