In Roman times Annona was a divine personification of grain. On coins she is shown holding ears of grain. Grain was very symbolic to the Romans as it represented independence and abundance. A society that was not dependent for food from outside sources was considered prosperous. Rulers realized that they could keep the populace happy if they had plenty of food and entertainment to distract them from their problems. Chariot races, gladiator contests, and a full pantry kept the common man from revolting over poor government. Annona was a favorite with Romans seeking a private favor.
Our coin is a silver antoninianus minted during the rule of Philip 1. Also known as Philip the Arab, he was a benevolent ruler who did not persecute the Christians. He is also known for having presided over the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Rome in April of the year 248.
Set in a sterling silver and 14kt yellow gold frame, you can choose your style of necklace. The pendant comes complete with a descriptive brochure and Certificate of Authenticity.