Project lust! One of the people on the courtesan list posted these fabulous links to images of extant Venetian coins.
I want to get as close to my persona's time as possible. I know different coins had different duration and circles of circulation, so I'm curious just how many of these if any might have actually had a chance of passing through her hands.
My ultimate goal is to made a die and strike my own Venetian coins to give out as little thank you tokens. If someone teaches a class I enjoy, or I see them stopping to help someone, etc. I'll give them a coin and my thanks. I love the idea of having a persona appropriate way to reinforce good behavior. :)
It's the third one here I'm most interested in. Not surprisingly, it's Venetian:
Post period, but very interesting gold Venetian coin:
Here is a cast bronze venetian medal, a completely different process than coining:
Something completely different:
Glass flask with a portrait of Henry VII, King of England with the King's emblem of portcullis and chains in a sunburst From Venice, Italy, around AD 1500
I'd love to make this too, but I haven't even started learning to work with glass other than some lamp work beading.