Legionary Fibula Inscription

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Roman legionary bronze fibula with inscription

Material  Bronze/Copper Alloy
Dimensions 5.5cm long x 1.0cm wide
Roman Empire 2nd Century AD

Bronze Legionary Fibula/pin used to hold together the Toga/clothing of the Roman Soldier and Citizen.  This example has the bronze pin intact however it is seized in place by the now rusted iron spring.  The arch would have been where the fabric bunched while the pin secured it.  On and end plate there is some text written in a circle around a center point (leaf/ tear drop shape?). It appears to say    "I? O LEG II" indicating that this belonged to a Legionary, specifically one from the Second Legion. There were numerous II Legions throughout the Roman period, Adiutrix, Augusta, Italica, Parthica and Traiana Fortis, all serving at some point during the 2nd Century AD.   Two circles are also present on this end piece near the top in each corner.  A fine dark green patina. 

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