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Hello! Welcome to the new and improved blog of Baron Gaius Claudius Valerianus, member of the Order of the Maunche. Since he has given me free editorial rein, I’m going to take advantage of it until he notices and deletes this post.

In the meantime, please bear with us while we continue to make improvements and get everything up to date. More content very soon to come. Thanks for dropping by!

-Aesa

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Roman triumphal denarius to commemorate the elevation of Master Tiberivs Ivlivs Rvfvs Primvs as a member of the Order of the Laurel

While these coins of silver were historically struck using dies of bronze or iron, there is evidence that the dies themselves were cast rather than carved to provide a more consistent and uniform coin. There have also been discovered clay molds of coins and theories that these molds could have been used for the casting of dies or coins.

The obverse of this denarius features the visage of Master Tiberivs Ivlivs Rvfvs Primvs with his name using the standard documented coin abbreviations:
TI = Tiberivs
IVL = Ivlivs
RV = Rvfvs
PRIMIS = Primvs
The reverse of the coin features the registered badge: A lightning bolt palewise between and conjoined to two bees with a laurel wreath superimposed.

The master was etched on copper and the final denarius was sand cast in pure silver.

Copies cast in pewter.

A luck charm for Her Highness, Princess Fortune Sancte Keyne

I was asked by Her Highness to make a representation of her favorite athletic team so that she might show her support and pride in their prowess and share in the joy of their victories.

I wanted to make for her an item that was inspired by a reproduction of a 13-14th century pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Leonard at Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat, France. It would keep some aesthetics from the original piece, but incorporate the visage of the sports mascot in place of the image of St. Leonard. (and a few other detail tweaks)

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