Coins, Tokens, Historical Medals and Antiquities (2 & 3 June 2021)

Date of Auction: 2nd & 3rd June 2021

Sold for £280

Estimate: £200 - £260

Roman, gold Finger Ring, 3rd-4th cent., internal diam. 1.2cm, oval bezel set with a concave garnet intaglio engraved with a butterfly alighting on a fountain, on one side of the bezel is an attached loop for a chain. In very fine condition with slight wear to the intaglio £200-£260

Footnote

Provenance: From a UK private collection.

In the Roman period the butterfly symbolises the soul being liberated and the elevation of a person to god-like status (Apotheosis)