Lead Seal with letters

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Roman Legionary lead seal XIII Legion

Material  Lead
Dimensions 1.5cm long x 1.1cm wide
Roman Empire 1st- 3rd Century AD

Small lead seal with inscription on one side. Possibly used to seal messages or some kind of Military product being transported throughout the Empire.  Three rows of clear letters reveal the following text:




Victor stands for Victorious or the goddess Victoria and XIII possibly stands for the 13th Legion "Gemina".  This Legion was recruited by Julius Caesar in 57 BC and was pivotal in helping Caesar win the civil war that ended the Republic. 

The 13th served with distinction during the Dacian wars(Bulgaria area) of the early 2nd Century under the reign of Trajan.  The Legion remained in that area until the Roman Empire collapsed in the 5th Century.

On the reverse is the bottom part of an Imperial Eagle.  Its tail feathers extend tot he left, while its muscular legs and talons are planted firmly at the base.  The neck extends upwards, however the head is off of the piece.  A circular pattern surrounds the outside, creating a border.

An ancient thick tan colored patina covers the entire piece.

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**Note on background. Close up view of the wall of the Colosseum of Pula, Croatia. Picture taken 2014