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Offline EWC

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Re: Anything bigger than this?
« Reply #90 on: January 22, 2019, 04:23:05 PM »
My impression is struck.  Note the crowns were attempting to be 4 troy ounces, which is significantly heavier than the 2 avoirdupois ounces of the 1797 two pence we started with.

Please excuse my short journey into a kind of vanity if I mention I have taken the opportunity to hold in my hands both a silver crown of Charles I, and a 200 rupee piece of Aurangzeb....

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Re: Anything bigger than this?
« Reply #91 on: January 22, 2019, 05:16:59 PM »
I envy your hands ;) Since I haven't had the pleasure and I have never even seen either in 3 dimensions, it is hard to get a grip on relative size. You will remember that Pistrucci's medal for Waterloo (eventually, the reverse of UK gold), was considered too heavy/large to strike. I saw some of Pistrucci's preparatory work in Rome during the WoC tour there. Still not sure how big the medal was supposed to be, but my impression was that it wouldn't have been big/heavy enough to handle with two hands only.

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