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LOT 0105

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GBP (£) 1,200 - 1,700
EUR (€) 1,410 - 2,000
USD ($) 1,590 - 2,260

Sold for (Inc. bp): £1,270

Roman Gold Ring with Mercury Gemstone

1st-2nd century AD

A gold finger ring with ellipsoid cell to the bezel, inset onyx gemstone with intaglio figure of Mercury in travelling cloak (sagum) holding out his coin-purse (marsupium). 3.66 grams, 24.72mm overall, 21.01mm internal diameter (approximate size British T, USA 9 1/2, Europe 21.26, Japan 20) (1"). Very fine condition. A large wearable size.

Provenance
From the private collection of a Russian gentleman living in London; acquired from a Chelsea collector in the 2000s; the Chelsea collection having been formed from 1970-1990s.

Literature
Cf. Chadour, A.B., Rings. The Alice and Louis Koch Collection, volume I, Leeds, 1994, item 285, for type.