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The A-Z of Breton Money

Below you can discover the various stages of the minting process for breton money as it used to be made in the XIVth and XVth centuries.

 

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The Foundry
The first step of course is to melt the metal and delicately make small ingots.

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Flattening
Only later on were machines produced to accomplish this sort of work, but here hammering was the only way to produce sheet metal.
This was a difficult process getting an even thickness all the way through.


Cutting
Again, great hammer blows are required to cut out the metal.
This process requires tremendous force and accuracy with each blow.


Marking
Placed between the stamping tool and the bench, the metal disk must be struck firmly and centrally to ensure the imprint is achieved clearly on both sides of the coin.
These days, this work is undertaken by expert artisans carefully respecting traditional methods with a view to perpetuating tradition and previous savior faire.