17th Century faux French Gold Coin Design :

Limited edition hand cast French Gold Coin
During the 17th and 18th centuries coins often resembled medals. Seventeenth-century metallurgical achievements made possible the manufacture of harder steel dies, resulting in the flourishing of die-engraving. Subsequently, it was possible to mint large quantities of coins and medals, filling them with minute details. The distinctive characteristics of 17th-century French medals, which are frequently marked by baroque elements, include lavish representation, lifelike portraiture, and a meticulous rendering of detail (J. Warm, G. Dupré, P. Regnier).

Document featuring Gold Coin :
     Props & Sculpture Gallery   \ Coin \ Numismatics\ Added 26/07/2013

Circa 1930's article featuring an obscure batch of Gold Coins cast in the 17th century
Modern numismatics is the study of coins from the mid-17th century onward, the period of machine struck coins. Their study serves more the need of collectors than historians and it is more often successfully pursued by amateur aficionados than by professional scholars. The focus of modern numismatics lies frequently in the research of production and use of money in historical contexts using mint or other records in order to determine the relative rarity of the coins they study. Varieties, mint-made errors, the results of progressive die wear, mintage figures and even the sociopolitical context of coin mintings are also matters of interest. The term numismatist applies to collectors and coin dealers as well as scholars using coins as source or studying coins.

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Artwork Details :
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Client : Foresight Films / MEDiAKiN
Brief : Design 17th Century Gold coin for a kids action adventure film. Then create a weathered page torn from a 1930's National Geographic style magazine, the faded document was said to have been discovered in an antique desk draw unopened for decades. It featured an article drawing heavily from the writings of Théophile Marion Dumersan ( curator to the Cabinet des médailles et antiques of the Bibliothèque royale nationale de France), Dumersan is quoted " The coin(s) where rumoured to have been cast by an evil man of renoun", further references allow for an illustration of the coin(s), the coin's face featured in the article displays the old French phrase "Fais ce que (tu) voudras"-- Do what thou wilt. At Medmenham, on the Thames above Marlow, there are fragments, incorporated into a residence, of a Cistercian abbey founded in 1201; which became notorious in the middle of the 18th century as the meeting-place of a convivial club called the Franciscans after its founder, Sir Francis Dashwood, afterwards Lord le Despencer (1708–1781), and also known as the Hell-Fire Club, of which John Wilkes, Bubb Dodington and other political notorieties were members. The motto of the club, fay Ce que voudras, inscribed on a doorway at the abbey, was borrowed from Rabelais description of the abbey of Thelema in Gargantua.
Medium : Created in Adobe Photoshop 2013 A.D.

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