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Pieces of Silver

It's odd the things that can make a gamer happy. After years and years of writing about silver pieces and gold pieces, I now own some and they make me very happy indeed.

The coins I bought are Venetian soldo (silver) from the 17th century. They're between the size of a nickel and a quarter, but much, much thinner (the doge was a cheap bastard with the silver, apparently). They're also fairly tarnished compared to modern coins. Still, it's nice to jingle a bit of change that's been rattling around for 400 years or so.

Next up: an Athenian obol. This could take a little doing.


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Feb. 1st, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
Neat! Are you going to put up pictures?
Feb. 2nd, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, or scans or something. Mind you, these are not collector-level coins, just a decent set.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
First: What gryphart said.

Second: You been to a coin show without me? ::pout:: (The next local show is Febraury 11, btw.) Or have you been shopping for coins on the intarwebs? Hmmm...
Feb. 2nd, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
The intarwebs! European coinage is much easier to pick up for less on eBay than at the local shop.

And Bohemian ducats and other bits of Germanic coinage are definitely getting a look from me.

February 11th, you say?
Feb. 2nd, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
Okay, first, you need to know that eBay doesn't police coin dealers and there have been several cases of significant coin fraud; eBay's done nothing to curb these people. I don't want to alarm you or rain or your parade; I just want to make you aware. It's why I've stopped purchasing coins on eBay. It's too hard to prove provenance and authenticity prior to purchase.

Second, yes, February 11! Wanna go? I wanna go. I haven't been to a show since last spring!
Feb. 2nd, 2007 05:09 am (UTC)
Yep, I wouldn't buy anything too fancy on eBay, but these are, how do I put this, not really collectible quality coins. The Venetian coinage worth collecting is both earlier and typically gold. So, I really don't care about the provenance on them; I care about the tactile joy of rattling silver. :)

I would love to go on the 11th. I'll try to get it on my calendar. Where is it? Send details!
Feb. 8th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
I care about the tactile joy of rattling silver. :)

Which is why I'm of the opinion that we need to ditch the paper $1 bills and replace them with the Sacajawea dollar coins...
Feb. 2nd, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
So what I wanna know is this....

Do ten of them equal a pound, or was Gary smoking something funny the day they set that arbitrary weight for D&D?

Geekily yours,


PS: Very cool, man. Good luck on the obol hunt.

Feb. 2nd, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
They're so thin, 10 of them might equal a couple ounces. But hey, the units of measurement in D&D are still completely nutty, and nobody cares.

Fer instance, go ahead and find me a castle dungeon with 10' wide corridors — I dare ya. No, I double dare ya. :)
Feb. 2nd, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
My grandmother is keeping silver and gold coins to pass on to her four grandchildren. I've never seen them, though, so I can't really comment.
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