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PostPosted: Tue 16 Apr, 2013 6:01 pm    Post subject: Coins in Pommels         Reply with quote

In the Living History world, I've seen the practice of putting a period coin into the recess of a pommel on a sword. What is the historical precedent for this, if any? Any reason as to why this would be done, or specifically what type of coins might be used for such purpose?
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PostPosted: Tue 16 Apr, 2013 7:15 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I thought most of these were cast bronze medallions copying ancient Greek and Roman themes. Why? It was fashionable.
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PostPosted: Tue 16 Apr, 2013 7:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I can think of two Medieval swords with coins in their pommels. In Oakeshott's, Records, XIIIb.2 has what Oakeshott thinks may be a copper Roman coin on each side In the photo, you can see a profiled head.. XV.12 has a copper coin showing the Duke of Urbino on one side (there are indications that there was once one on the other side). One would think that a coin with a Christian theme would be preferred, especially one with a cross, but that isn't the case with these two swords, though in the XIIIb, a cross has been incised over the pommel and the coin surface.
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Apr, 2013 5:56 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I don't know if this is a real coin or just imitation:
http://wallacelive.wallacecollection.org/eMus...1&sp=F
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