Silver medieval coins
The 1952 MGM film "Ivanhoe" has a scene with small silver coins.
who returns to England after serving in the Crusades.
and Joan Fontaine as Rowena, Ivanhoe's girlfriend.
Roman Empire silver denarius coins.
Ivanhoe, a medieval Saxon knight, has returned to England after serving in the Third Crusade
against the Saracens.
He finds that things at home are as bad as when he left.
His father Cedric has disowned him for going on the Crusade.
England is in the hands of the Normans who treat the Saxons as a conquered people.
and his wicked brother John is acting as king.
2. Ivanhoe meets knights Hugh de Bracy and Brian de Bois-Guilbert
The two knights are Normans who are also Crusade veterans.
3. Ivanhoe and Rowena
Ivanhoe and Rowena have been lovers since they were children.
Rowena lives as a ward of Cedric's in his castle which keeps the pair apart sometimes.
to his house in York.
4. Isaac of York and Ivanhoe
Isaac's belt buckle appears to have a "Star of David" on it.
equipment to compete.
5. Rebecca watching
Rebecca then visits Ivanhoe and loans him the money for the equipment from her funds.
Ivanhoe enters as an anonymous knight, he introduces himself to King John.
7. Ivanhoe riding
Ivanhoe manages to unseat five knights successively in jousting, but is injured.
She has medical skills and knowledge and will treat him.
between a Jew and a Christian.
are captured by Brian and Hugh's men and taken to a castle owned by a friend of the pair,
Front de Boeuf, a very crude man.
8. Captives taken to dark castle
Ivanhoe heads to Sherwood Forest to recruit a band of outlaws led by Locksley
(a character based on Robin Hood).
he enters and is taken captive.
the male captives.
for the torture chamber to free his friends.
During the fight a barrel of oil is turned over causing a fire.
9. The men storm the castle
Brian escapes with Rebecca as a hostage and the other captives are freed.
Cedric's castle hosts the assembly of the ransom for King Richard.
10. Assembling the ransom in Cedric's castle
Cedric is seen to be dropping gold coins into a cup.
11. Ransom items on table, including coins
Some small coins appear as part of the ransom.
to release a sum of money, in other words, a check.
12. A closer look at the table coins
The prop coins appear to be copies of ancient Roman Empire silver denarius coins, which are
usually around 20mm in diameter and have rounded edges.
Some portraits appear on the prop coins, but nothing which would identify the source coins.
and have her burnt.
John conducts a trial with himself as sole Judge and convicts her.
13. Ivanhoe issues a challenge
Rebecca is dressed in white as a defendant.
Brian offers to leave if Rebecca goes with him, but she answers that "it is in God's hands",
meaning that she will not go with him.
14. Ivanhoe and Brian fighting
Ivanhoe wins the combat and Brian expires.
15. Rowena Rebecca
Rebecca tells Rowena that she loved Ivanhoe but he did not love her.
16. King Richard and his men arrive to take over
Robert Taylor as Ivanhoe
Elizabeth Taylor as Rebecca
Joan Fontaine as Rowena
George Sanders as Brian de Bois-Guilbert
Robert Douglas as Hugh de Bracy
Finlay Currie as Cedric (Ivanhoe's father)
Writers: Noel Langley, Aeneas MacKenzie
In the Sir Walter Scott novel there are several mentions of coins called "byzants" or "zecchins".
A byzant was a Byzantine gold coin known as a solidus.
A zecchin was an Italian or Venetian gold coin.
as a very disreputable outfit.