This is a substantial ancient Roman solid gold finger ring, dating to the 3rd century AD. This is example has a wide geometric band, pierced and decorated with keeled and fluted shoulders. The oval bezel is engraved with Roman Capitals "VTR FEL" for VTRE FELIX (Good luck to the wearer/user). Rings of this bold design in silver, usually have a military inscription/intaglio and are often associated with gifts of valour or as military rewards. This gold example would have been a very prestigious gift, likely associated with one of Equestrian status. A superb and very wearable ancient ring.
OBJECT: Finger Ring
DATE: c. 3rd century AD
RING SIZE: 9 (US) R 3/4 (UK)
SIZE: 25.40mm x 28.25mm x 5.40mm (bezel 9.60mm x 13.13mm x 2.80mm)
WEIGHT: 18.76 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection, West Sussex. UK.
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