JeandAcre Posted August 8, 2022 · Member Share Posted August 8, 2022 (edited) 29 minutes ago, Oldhoopster said: I just want to thank everyone for posting the pics and write ups. I've increased my knowledge of medieval significantly. Looking at the legends, then matching them to the write up has really helped me recognize the lettering fonts (much easier than using Walker's Reading Medieval European Coins for me) I've been dabbling in this field for about 10-15 years, but mostly low end pieces that I try to attribute (with minimal success). I do have some good references like Grierson's Coins of Medieval Europe and Medieval Europe Coinage volume 1, Lhotka's medieval series Reprints from the Numismatist, and Roberts' silver coins of France. Maybe its time to sit down with the books again Don't be surprised if I dig out and post my 2 dozen Low end Freisacher Pfennigs for attribution help. About 15 years ago, I found a copy of Corpus Nummorum Austriacorum Band 1 for $100 but didn't pull the trigger. Big regret to this day @Oldhoopster, I wish I knew of any one reference for medieval lettering, especially regarding coins. Nope, getting zero traction with that. What I did instead was to live with this stuff longer than anyone fully in possession of his faculties is supposed to, including no less obsessive reference to lettering in other media, whether manuscripts, monuments, seals, and what am I forgetting. If there was one dynamic to pay attention to first, it might be the lag, specifically in coins, in the transition from Carolingian /Romanesque lettering (more closely resembling Classical Roman) to various forms of Gothic. On coin legends, fully realized 'Gothic' often doesn't show up until the later 13th and 14th centuries, well after it was par for the course in other, more technologically user-friendly media, only starting with manuscripts. That's why, for one easy example, I like the "h," rather than the still, effectively Romanesque "H," on the reverse of the Edward denier of Aquitaine posted today. That is substantively Gothic; as such, both relatively early, and almost vicariously embarrassingly late. Especially in the Freisacher series, I can't think of an example that doesn't use the otherwise anachronistic, increasingly clunky 'Romanesque' lettering into the 13th century. --No worries; as in the above example, the same was true in France. Edited August 8, 2022 by JeandAcre 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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