Strike Gold with Ancient Silver

Ancient coins are more than just currency; their beauty and historical significance often outlast their monetary value. Take, for instance, this silver tetradrachm from the reign of Ptolemy VIII (145-116 BC), King of Egypt and son of Cleopatra I. This coin, featuring the king’s profile on one side and an eagle on the reverse, has been transformed into a swivel brooch, showcasing its intricate designs as wearable art. Notably, the eagle side bears strike marks, evidence that the coin was tested for its silver content in antiquity. These marks, ironically, preserved the coin by deeming it of lower value, making it perfect for jewelry. This unique piece illustrates how historical artifacts can find new life and appreciation through their aesthetic appeal.