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612744
Sale: CNG 61, Lot: 2744. Estimate $500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2002. 
Sold For $500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ROMAN. Circa Late 3rd Century AD. Silver intaglio for a signet ring . Diameter 11mm. A deeply engraved portrait bust of a youth, the legend HERC VLAN around. The style of engraving and lettering marks this as a product of an imperial workshop of the late 3rd century. Probably from a signet (seal) ring for an official of the court of Maximianus, who took as his patron deity the god Hercules. The youthful portrait is unidentified, but does not appear to be Hercules himself. Perhaps one of the other members of Maximianus' family, Maxentius or his son Romulus. A fine example of late Roman silver work. ($500)