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Ancient Greek coin silver ring

  • January 9, 2013 4:09 PM

One of the things I love to do most is handcrafting a ring or a pendant with an ancient coin. The coins I refer to were each stamped individually from silver, brass or copper. They can be defined in today’s terms as “one of a kind” coins.

One of the coins I picked for my ring is an Ancient Greek coin silver ring . The coin is authentic and was struck in  the Kingdom of Parthia, showing king Osreus II. It is a  drachm dated 190AD. I handcerafted a  sterling silver ring and set this unusual coin in it.

Ancient coin Parthian Ring by Rioritajewelry


The Parthian Empire was actually the Persian kingdom during the rules of ancient Greece and Rome. The Parthians resided in ancient Persia (today : Iran) between 247 B.C. and 228 A.D .They had defeated the Seleucids, which were the successors of Alexander the Great , and took over a very big part of the Middle East and southwest Asia.  The empire of Parthia counterbalanced the Roman empire. The had ruled in areas which are know to us today as – Armenia ,Afghanistan, Azerbaidzhan,Georgia,  Iran,  Iraq,Jordan, Israel,  Syria, Lebanon,Turkey, Turkmenistan,  Pakistan and Tajikistan.

Ancient coin Parthian Ring - Osreus II- hyandcrafted by rioritajewelry


In 113AD, Trajan, the Roman emperor, had conquered Parthia and deposed King Osreus I of Parthia, but when Trajan died, Osreus returned and reclaimed the Persian throne.This was followed by the his recognition by Roman caesar Hadrian .

The image on the front surface of the coin is of Osreus II , whom we do not know much about when we try to search information through History books. What we do find are the coins he produced.

Ancient coin Parthian Ring - Inside part of the ring


You will find this ring in my Etsy shop:

Ring size: US size 8, Can be re-adjusted.


  • March 23, 2011 10:30 AM

I have a old-new pasion: Collecting ancient coins from the days of the Roman and Greek empires, then setting them in my handmade silver and gold jewelry designs.

While doing so I found myself searching ancient coin sites, history sites etc. through the internet search engines. One can learn so much about past decades just from taking an ancient coin in your hand, viewing it, and feeling a wonderful elevated  connectoin to History. Here is what I feel : “This coin was struck about 2000 years ago, and here it has rolled right into  my hand”.

Then I design a ring or a pendant or even a cuff and decorate it with a bezelled coin.  What happens is – the coin which lay there unnoticed in the coin dealer’s box, becomes a beautiful classy item to be worn by a lovely lade today.

You can find one 3 such rings in my handmade jewelry designs shop:

Here’s the one I lovingly handcrafted yesterday, so I am a little excited about  it:

OK dears. I am off to my handmade jewelry workshop to find another coin I bought recently, I will show you what I did with it as soon as I finish it.

Peace to this world!

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