AUD $240.00

Old Bactrian Coin Ring

 

This old silver (?) "Greek" Coin found, I believe, in Bactria in Central Asia (roughly Afghanistan) has been hand set into a Sterling Silver Ring for us in Indonesia.

The thin silver band and simple setting is decorated with a single reinforcing band of twisted silver wire, that adds an air of individuality and history with just a hint of "Navajo" (which is very irrelevant but some may enjoy to see it !)

We're not sure which coin this is (as it got seperated from its pedigree) but it has a bearded profile on one side and the reverse though visible through the Sterling Silver setting is not translatable. It "looks" Greek but I can't find an identity for it. As both Bactria and the Kushans used Greek text and images, it could be either. Once again we're offering it without a pedigree, now, as it may wait for another "forever" before I do identify it. Better to price accordingly and get it out there !

To see more coins set as rings or pendants, if there are any left (more are hopefully on their way from our Silversmiths who are setting them for us) just do a search on this site for Coin.

This coin has survived being buried and has a dark silvery patina contrasting nicely with the bright new Sterling Silver.

There is matte deep grey oxide residue that could eventually wash off if you're careless so avoid wetting or rubbing it.
When this silver eventually oxidizes just give it a gentle polish with a dry Silver Polishing Cloth.

Don’t dip or polish the coins, you’ll only rub off the patina, revealing a fresh shiny copper underneath.

Remember, even when two coins have been struck from the same die, they vary.
This is because to produce a coin in ancient times a slug of red hot metal was struck between two engraved bronze dies.
The hot slug then squished out of shape between them, taking the detail onto its surface, deforming horizontally in the process.
Perfectly duplicated, matching designs and shapes indicate casting from a single original, which is not the case with these coins.

This stylishly plain ring is for a finger size “O" with a little extra allowance, as the ring is not a full circle and soft flesh can be accomodated in the corners. (US 17.5)

The back of this ring has been left open so you can see that it is a real coin rather than a single sided copy.

Just wonderful for those who want something a little different, what a conversation starter….
or a perfect gift for your loved one.

 

Other items like this ring can be found in either the Modern Jewellery section, as the Sterling Silver settings are modern. Or you may find some in Antiquities, because the coin is so old.

Age: Coin circa 2,000 yrs, contemporary silver.

Size: Coin diam. 18 mm, with 3 mm band to fit a finger about Size O (US 17.5)

Weight: 7 grams