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Heavy Vintage Caduceus Coin Pendant

Heavy Vintage Caduceus Coin Pendant

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A beautiful and substantial rendition of a caduceus set upon a gold disc like a shining medallion. The caduceus has an interesting history in its association with the medical profession: historically, the caduceus - a winged rod entwined by two snakes - was the symbol of Hermes, the messenger god. The simple staff with a single snake coiling it, the Rod of Asclepius, was the symbol of the god of medicine and healing. Their similar appearance has often led to confusion, further cemented by the late 19th century adoption of the caduceus by the US Army for their medical corps, which lead to its spread (mostly in the USA) throughout medical and related fields to this day.

Very good vintage condition with some lovely warm patina, particularly along the perimeter of the staff.

• 14k yellow gold, stamped and signed with maker's trademark
• Aproximately 18.5mm in diameter, 1.8mm full thickness and 0.6mm disc thickness
• 3.1g
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