Seller: britannia-antiquities (4,251) 100%, Location: Preston, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 401229083531 An extremely rare, small, genuine ancient Roman Lion fibula. The pin is still intact. We have never come across this type of fibula before. The artefact was found in Austria, along with other Roman finds, on a site near Bad Deutsch-Altenburg. There are Roman remains in this area, including an amphitheatre, and a Ludus (gladiator school). perhaps this Lion fibula was once associated with the ludus? The artefact has been lightly cleaned to remove debris and retains its original patina. We have treated the artefact with British museum approved preserving microwax. A rare chance to own such an artefact. See pictures for condition. Date:1st/3rd century AD Size:length apx 39mm Investing in Ancient Artefacts. Ancient artefacts are finite, less are being discovered as time passes, and of course at some point in the future there will be no more. The quantity and availability of these ancient historic pieces is ever decreasing as collectors and museums purchase these objects and take them permanently off the market. Consequently, investment in antiquities is rising. Of course there are few of us who can afford to bid millions on objects like the Guennol Lioness, but, as availability decreases across the whole spectrum of ancient artefacts, investment is proving to be provident and wise, and most of all, for the sheer pleasure of owning a piece of ancient history. Concerning Fake artefacts on ebay Unfortunately ebay has attracted some sellers who produce and sell fakes artefacts. These ebay members are selling them as the real thing, as genuine artefacts. When buying an artefact it is always wise to do some research, there are plenty of reputable sites on-line that can act as guide to buying ancient artefacts. We would also encourage buyers to google the sellers ebay IDs and include in the search terms such as 'fake artefacts'. This sort of search will bring you to sites where you will find a very useful list of all the names of fake artefact sellers on ebay. Or if possible, go to your local museum where you may find an expert who could identify the item. We are very careful about the artefacts that we list, but sometimes we too come across a fake, acquired in a lot, or auction, collection. When we are certain an item is fake, we destroy it, at our own loss, so that they cannot re-enter the market.