An Ancient Graeco – Scythian Gold (Electrum) Ornamental Plaque
circa 6th – 5th century BC
This original ancient gold plaque in the form of an eagle has been recently made into a pendant.
In antiquity, this gold eagle plaque would be attached to a cloth through eight pierced openings. Eagle in antiquity was a symbol of strength and immortality.
The gold plaque has been mounted on a lapis lazuli slab with a slightly roughened frontal surface.
Height of the gold eagle – 45 mm (1 3/4 in.)
Size of the lapis slab – 58 x 46 mm (2 1/4 x 1 7/8 in.)
Technically, the metal alloy of the eagle is electrum, a naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver. The ancient Greeks called it ‘white gold’.
Frequently, the porportion of gold and silver in electrum, is close to 50/50.
Some of the earliest electrum coins minted by the Greeks in the 6th century BC contained 45-55% of gold.
The color of electrum is yellowish-white due to a high silver content.
This particular electrum plaque contains 52.75% of gold and 44.79% of silver.
The eagle pendant comes with a metal analysis report showing 52.75% average gold content (min. reading 51.47%, max. reading 53.81%)
with additions of silver 44.79%, copper 2.502%, nickel 0.010%.
The pendant is sold without chain.