Roman Republic silver Denarius minted circa 69 BC by "moneyer" M. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus
Obverse: Head of Bonus Eventus, symbol behind head.
Reverse: Winged caduceus, M. PLAETORI and CEST. EX. SC. at sides.
Custom set into a 14k yellow gold bezel pendant with 14k white gold prongs and bail, measuring approximately 1 1/8 inches from top of the bail to bottom of bezel, 7/8 inch across.
Before Julius Caesar, circa 44 BC, and the Roman Empire, the Republic of Rome designated three military men each year to mint coins. Many times members of the same family would be appointed for generations. The "Moneyer", officer in charge of the mint, would choose his own design, often glorifying an ancestor's deeds.