Ancient Greek and Roman Finger-Rings, c. 4th Century BC -- 5th Century AD
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Rings were worn by ancient Greek and Roman senators and citizens. For the rich they conveyed status and wealth. For the plebians they held symbols of gods, animals, patterns and more. Some were engraved in inverse, and were used as signet rings to sign/seal important documents. Some represented military allegiance, bearing legionary eagles, chevrons, stars, and naval patterns. All of these rings were unearthed in Thrace, Macedonia, Eastern Europe, Britain, and Syria. Unsure of your ring size? See my handy method for accurately measuring your ring size yourself! Click any photo for a larger view



Hellenistic Greece, c. 4th-1st century BC. Beautiful bronze signet ring engraved with a bird, likely a dove, upon an olive branch. Nicely detailed, with deep green patina. About US size 7 1/2. ref: T.N. Polio, "Ancient Rings" p. 57 for type. Ex Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2377: $299


Medieval Europe, c. 8th-14th century AD. Nice bronze cross ring. Central outlined cross within octagonal bezel, engraved design at shoulders. About US size 7 1/2. ref: T.N. Polio, "Ancient Rings" p. 43 for type. Ex Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2358: $199 SOLD

Late Roman to Medieval, c. 6th-10th century AD. Nice bronze ring, the bezel in the form of a cross. About US size 8. ref: T.N. Polio, "Ancient Rings" p. 41 for type. Ex Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2354: $175



Ancient Roman, c. 1st-3rd century AD. Neat bronze ring, the bezel engraved with a thunder-bolt, likely a reference to Zeus. About US size 9 1/2. Great green patina. Ex Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2357: $175


Dark Ages, c. 6th-9th century AD. Neat bronze ring with deeply-cut diamond-shaped grooved design on bezel. US Size 5 1/2. Gray patina. ex Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2325: $175


Renaissance or Tudor period, c. 15th-17th century AD. Large bronze ring with a diamond-shaped bezel within dotted border. About US size 12 1/2. ref: T.N. Polio, "Ancient Rings" p. 116 for type. Ex Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2339: $225


Late Roman to Medieval, c. 5th-9th century AD. Bronze ring with a cross made up of the "Five Wounds of Christ" hidden within the "evil eye" protective motif acceptable to mainstream Rome at the time. About US size 10. Brassy-Brown patina. Ex Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2340: $175


Late Roman to Medieval, c. 3rd-6th century AD. Beautiful bronze ring engraved with a 6-pointed star. About US size 7 1/4. ref: T.N. Polio, "Ancient Rings" p. 75 for style. Ex Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2341: $199


Late Roman to Dark Ages, c. 5th-9th century AD. Bronze ring with the Evil Eye dotted design around a central cross or X shape. Deep green patina, US size 8 1/2. Ex Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2344: $175


Medieval bronze wedding or betrothal ring, c. 14th-16th century AD. In the “Mani in Fede” (clasped hands) style. ref: T.N. Polio, "Ancient Rings" p.138 for type. US size 7 1/4. Ex Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2345: $250


Late Roman to Medieval, c. 5th-9th century AD. Nice bronze ring with the "Evil Eye" punched-dot protective motif. About US size 10, band slightly bent in antiquity. Deep green patina. Ex Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2347: $150


Ancient Rome, c. 3rd-5th century AD. Simple silver ring made of looped wire, made "adjustable" by being open at the terminals. US size 9 1/2. #JR2012: $199 SOLD


Medieval Europe, c. 9th-14th century AD. Gorgeous bronze cross ring. Central “radiant” cross with ornate radiating terminals. Engraved designs at shoulders. US size 9. Small hole at one shoulder. ref: T.N. Polio, "Ancient Rings" p. 133 for type. Ex Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2350: $250



Byzantine Empire, 8th-11th century AD. Nice large bronze ring. Incised cross design on the multi-angular teardrop-shaped bezel.Olive-green patina. US size 9.5. #29011: $125


Ancient Roman, c. 1st-3rd century AD. Beautiful bronze ring with a palm frond on the bezel, commonly associated with Victory and various fertility goddesses. US size 6 1/2. ref: T.N. Polio, "Ancient Rings" p. 69 for type. Ex Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2361: $225

Late Medieval Europe, c. 14th-16th century AD. Small bronze ring, the bezel decorated with a dotted cross design, dots all around. About US size 5.5. ex Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2355: $99



Byzantine Empire, c. 8th-14th century AD. Great bronze ring with stepped bezel containing multiple punched-dots and engraved designs. US size 7 1/2. Dark brassy patina. Ex Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2343: $150


Ancient Roman, c. 1st-3rd century AD. Excellent bronze signet ring, engraved with a leaping Hippocampus, or “sea-horse”. ref: T.N. Polio, "Ancient Rings" p.80 for type. About US size 9 1/2. Ex Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2379: $250


Byzantine Empire, c. 8th-12th century. Bronze ring with raised teardrop-shaped bezel engraved with deeply-cut linear design. Olive-green patina. US size 9. #JR2301: $175 SOLD


Byzantine Empire, c. 8th-12th century. Bronze ring with raised teardrop-shaped bezel engraved with deeply-cut linear design. Black patina. US size 6 1/4. Nicer than this washed-out photo! #JR2177: $125 SOLD


Hellenistic Greece, c. 4th-2nd century BC. Beautiful bronze signet ring engraved with a cock (rooster). Highly detailed, with deep green patina. About US size 7 1/2. ref: T.N. Polio, "Ancient Rings" p. 57 for type. Comes with clay impression. ex-private NJ estate collection. #JR2330: $325


Ancient Greek, c. 3rd-1st century BC. Nice bronze signet ring, the bezel engraved with a standing soldier, holding spear and shield. W: 25 mm (1 inch), about a US size 9 (band not perfectly round inside). This was an individual's signet ring, used to sign important documents in ancient times. Comes with clay impression. ref: T.N. Polio, "Ancient Rings" p. 57 for type. Olive-green patina, nice detail. ex-private NJ estate collection. #JR2336: $325


Ancient Carthage, c. 4th-3rd century BC. Rare Punic (Carthaginian) bronze ring. Depicts a standing horse with palm tree behind, within a circular border. A depiction common to Phoenician colonial sites on the Iberian peninsula. ref: T.N. Polio, "Ancient Rings" p. 51 for type. US size 7 3/4. Olive-green patina with earthen deposits. Ex Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2362: $350 SOLD


Late Roman, c. 4th century AD. Nice bronze ring with a Chi-Rho on the bezel. A bronze ring with D-section hoop, rectangular raised bezel with engraved Christogram. US size 7 1/2. Green patina with mineral deposits. Ex North London collection; previously with Robin Symes Gallery, Mayfair, before 1999. #JR2363: $375


Ancient Roman, c. 200 BC-200 AD. Excellent bronze ring engraved with a bird. Identified by W.G. Lambert, Professor of Assyriology at the University of Birmingham, 1970-1993, which states: (K-42) "Signet Ring of Bronze, thin hoop, which broadens where the solid bezel is attached. the design on the bezel shows a standing bird with feathers rising from its tail and bending over its back. Though it is difficult to date, c. 200 b.C. to 200 A.D. is perhaps the most likely. It is in fine condition." Academically researched and catalogued by the late Professor Lambert in the early 1990s. About US size 6. Ex London, UK collection. #JR2364: $275 SOLD


Ancient Persia to Near East, c. 1500-500 BC. Great bronze ring with a horse. Identified by W.G. Lambert, Professor of Assyriology at the University of Birmingham, 1970-1993, which states: (R-799) "Ancient Finger Ring of Bronze. This has a broad hoop thinning at the edges, and narrowing as it reaches the bezel, which is roughly round and flat. On it is engraved a prancing horse with mane well marked and tail raised. There is a vertical stroke in front of this horse. This comes from west central Asia and is difficult to date precisely for lack of study of such objects hitherto. most probably it dates to c. 1500-500 B.C., though it could be a little later. It is a nice specimen of its kind, and in very good condition." About US size 6. Ex London, UK collection. #JR2365: $250

Ancient Celtic, c. 1st-3rd century AD. Neat bronze ring, found in the Danube River region, Eastern Europe. Engraved with a stylized standing winged figure. ref: T.N. Polio, "Ancient Rings" p. 51 for type. US size 4. Ex Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2352: $250 SOLD



Medieval Europe, c. 14th-16th century AD. Nice bronze cross ring. Central cross and hexafoil pattern on the bezel, comprised of zigzag lines. Nice incised design at the shoulders. US size 8. ref: T.N. Polio, "Ancient Rings" p. 102 for type. Ex Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2360: $199


Medieval Europe, c. 8th-16th century AD. Large bronze ring, engraved with a symbol resembling a Roman lituus ritual implement used to determine “the will of the gods” in Roman and Etruscan times, by tracing the flight patterns of birds. H: 27mm, US size 10. ref: T.N. Polio, "Ancient Rings" p. 94 for type. Great green patina. Ex Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2346: $225 SOLD


Widow's Mite, bronze prutah, 103-76 BC. Anchor / Wheel.
Set into a great .925 silver swivel ring! Greek & Hebrew inscriptions around. ref: Hendin-1150. Excellent detail! Bezel diameter 15 mm (9/16"), US ring size about 8 3/4. Nice floral detail at top of band. #JN2196:
$299



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Late Roman to Byzantine, c. 5th-9th century AD. Nice bronze ring with diamond-shaped bezel flanked by two small crosses. Gorgeous green patina, US size 9. #JR2268: $150 SOLD

Medieval Europe, c. 12th-16th century AD. Interesting bronze ring engraved with an enigmatic inscription. Brown patina, about US size 8. #JR2308: $125 SOLD

Byzantine Empire, c. 8th-11th century AD. Fascinating bronze ring depocting 3 saints or apostles in a boat! US size 9 1/2, black patina, light earthen deposits. #JR2207: $199 SOLD


Late Medieval Europe, c. 12th-16th century AD. Neat bronze ring with 5 incised stars, dotted designs around, ridged band bent in antiquity. About US size 10 1/2. Dark reddish patina. #JR2305: $125 SOLD

Medieval Europe, c. 9th-12th century AD. Neat bronze ring, the bezel with a deeply-engraved cross, small crescents around. Engraved lines at top of band. Blue-green patina with earthen deposits inside. About US size 8. #JR2271: $175 SOLD


Medieval Europe, c. 9th-13th century AD. Great bronze ring decorated with a central "Latin" cross, linear incised decorations around. US size 8, dark brassy patina. #JR2312: $199 SOLD

Late Roman, c. 4th-8th century AD. Lovely bronze ring engraved with a nice central cross, linear decorations at top of band. Gorgeous brassy tone, about US size 7 1/2. #JR2320: $299 SOLD

Medieval Europe, c. 9th-13th century AD. Bronze ring engraved with a Latin cross, incised "radiant" design around. Well-worn from use! US size 9 1/2. Brassy patina. #JR2241: $125 SOLD


Late Roman to Byzantine, c. 4th-7th century AD. Nice bronze ring engraved with a central "radiant" cross, hatched-line "palm frond" decoration around. About US size 6 3/4. Dark brassy patina. #JR2237: $150 SOLD

Ancient Rome, c. 2nd-5th century AD. Bronze ring with the "Evil Eye" punched-dot protective motif. Nice detail, dark brassy to red patina. US Size 9. #JR2287: $199 SOLD

Late Medieval Europe, c. 14th-16th century AD. Bronze ring, the bezel engraved with a cross comprised of 4 diamonds, chevron designs on the shoulders. Dark brown patina. About US size 9 but difficult as the band was twisted in antiquity. ex Los Angeles, CA collection. #JR2356: $99 SOLD

The First Jewish Coin. Cornucopiae / early Hebrew inscription. Set into a stunning .925 silver Star of David ring! Coin with nice detail. Bezel size 20 mm, the ring US size 10 1/4. #JN2215: SOLD