129AD – Caesar Hadrianus.
The September monthly exclusive is an incredibly realistic replica of an ancient Roman coin from Emperor Hadrian’s reign, minted in the year 129AD. Hence the name. The piece is a 1:1 recreation of the real coin in 940 Argentium silver. The artefact is shown in the 7th and 8th images. The face features a portrait of Hadrian, while the rear shows him mounted with a lance. Hadrian was the first Roman emperor to be depicted with a beard.
At the time, beards were worn primarily by philosophers and scientists. Hadrian believed an emperor should be as wise as he was powerful, and the beard was a mark of this. The first recorded instance of the “philosopher-king archetype.” This trend continued with his successor, Antoninus Pius, then Marcus Aurelius – widely considered one of the greatest philosophers, but also emperors in recorded history.
The COSIII on the rear of the coin stands for “Consul Tertium”, meaning consul for the third time. A consul was the highest elected public official of the Roman Empire. They served terms similar to today’s elected officials. The coin this ring was based on was minted during Hadrian’s 3rd term, so it’s engraved as such.
The coin is elevated slightly from the finger via a forked shank. This design decision is not only aesthetic, but also improves the durability of the piece by providing extra stability. Below the fork on either side, a trident and the Roman numeral for 3 are embossed, referencing his posthumous status as the third of the “Good Emperors”.
The Five Good Emperors were the ancient Roman imperial succession of Nerva (reigned 96–98 AD), Trajan (98–117AD), Hadrian (117–138AD), Antoninus Pius (138–161AD), and Marcus Aurelius (161–180AD), who presided over the most majestic days of the Roman Empire, and by extension most of human history.
Made to Order
Do you really want a ring off some dusty shelf in a stock cupboard? I know I don’t. That’s why I ensure all Urban Sterling products are made to order, just for you. Here’s how I run things: when I see that you’ve just placed an order, I immediately notify my casting house in Sydney so they can get your ring started ASAP (for the Lego ring, I create a unique wax model based on your size for casting).
Within a week the raw-cast will arrive at my studio, where I’ll start work on it. After I cut, sand, buff, emery, polish, and clean it by hand, it gets placed into a box with your order number in it. I pack the documentation for the piece into an envelope, sign the certificate of authenticity, and wax seal it shut.
Then it goes from my studio straight to your home (or nearby post office knowing AusPost). My jewellery is made to reflect your personality and go with you everywhere, so it just wouldn’t feel right keeping it in a plastic bag in a dark cupboard.
I ship all pieces in sustainably sourced, ultra-premium buckram cardboard packaging. Perfect for an exceptional gift for yourself or someone else. I don’t include a physical invoice with the shipment, so you can simply hand the recipient the entire package for an awesome unboxing experience. Each order comes with:
- Certificate of authenticity, signed by the founder and wax sealed. The exact number of your piece is provided.
- Silver care guide
- Silver polishing cloth
- Business card
- Premium buckram box + gift bag for rings.
- Ring sizer with chain orders.
All US Co. rings are made from 100% sustainably sourced precious metals. I personally guarantee the Argentium silver I use does not cause, support or benefit unlawful conflict, or contribute to human rights abuses or breaches of international law. You can read more about Urban Sterling ethical practices here. As well as on the Argentium website here.
I produce rings using US sizing because it just makes more sense. Please make sure you have the correct size since it is very difficult to resize a ring like this due to the lip around the edge, which can be warped during resizing. I’ve provided some sizing charts here for your convenience. Also note you can order using “Buy now, size later” and I’ll express post you a ring sizer free of charge! Usually this sizer will arrive the next business day. After you’ve found your perfect size, simply DM me on Instagram or send me an email (email@example.com) and I’ll get it immediately into production.
Every Urban Sterling ring is covered by my lifetime warranty guarantee. Your piece will be free from scratches, chips, tarnish, poor finishing, manufacturing faults and breaks, in other words it’ll be perfect. Note that some of my rings may have very slight distressing incorporated into the design, as is typical for handmade products. I personally make every ring by hand and check them thoroughly so it’s unlikely you’ll ever need this warranty, but it’s there for your peace of mind. Also! If you manage to scratch / chip the ring yourself, I offer a free restoration service in-house.
After your order is placed expect to wait around 7 business days for your 129AD to arrive as all Urban Sterling products are handcrafted and made to order. The ring you receive will be polished 940 Argentium Silver.