A couple neat ancient coins showing moneying scenes/tools
- I stumbled upon these pages today:
Which has some neat ancient coins / coin-like-objects depicting
moneying scenes and tools:
denarius depicting Juno Moneta, issued by moneyer T. Carisius, c. 46 BCE
brass contorniate, c. 4th century CE
depicting process of striking coins—bullion is cast into individual
coin-shaped blanks ("flans"). These are placed on an anvil die
engraved with the obverse image. A punch die engraved with the reverse
image is placed on top of the flan and hit with a hammer; both dies
are struck simultaneously.
another brass coin depicting the process of striking coins, Roman
Two seated men hold the punch die over the anvil die while a third man
prepares to strike the dies with a hammer.
The latter two both appear to show 2-3 man striking, where one or two
people hold the dies, and one person strikes using both hands on the
hammer. I've yet to find a medieval image of moneyers that shows a
person wielding a hammer two-handed while a second person holds the
dies (though the famous "Emperor Maximilian visiting his mint"
engraving does appear to show a second person placing flans)