Gold-plated cross-shaped brooch, with the inscriptions FELIX and VTERE on the lateral sides of the brooch bow.
Gold and gold-plated cross-shaped brooches (fibulae) represent a particular form of royal medals presented to soldiers during state celebrations, as a reward for bravery in battles or a successfully completed military service. The inscription FELIX V(e)TERE(m),* put in the accusative case would mean ‘for’ the lucky veteran, and would have represented a gift to the praised soldier who completed the military service.
* (lat. vetus m, f, i, veteris – old, advanced in years)