Lead seal with three lines of text.
Although IV is believed to normally be written as IIII during ancient times, the section with LEG (Legion) and AVGN (Augustus) could mean the Augustus Legion which was actually the III Legion. The IV could simply be a I and a V possibly to signify a weight. These seals were used for messages or to seal some kind of commercial product being transported throughout the Empire. An ancient thick tan colored patina covers the entire piece.
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**Note on background. A Fresco from the ancient Roman City of Pompeii. The interior walls of a wealthy Roman's Estate 79AD. Picture taken July 2005.