I've decided to share my summer project with the forum and its members in hopes that they will be able to provide insight, encouragement and maybe a few leads in my quest. I am a high school English teacher and have decided to endeavor to obtain a coin to correspond with each of the novels I teach my various classes. This will allow me to circulate among the students an authentic relic/artifact from the era of each novel. My parameters are fairly loose, but I would like to meet the following criteria: No slabbed pieces...I want the kids to be able to handle the coins. No MS pieces...see above The bigger the better...I think there will be more impact and resonance from larger pieces with discernable features. Cost is a concern... apparently teachers are not paid particularly well. If you have suggestions or leads on pieces which would be appropriate, I would appreciate it. Below are the three courses I will teach next year and the coins I currently have or the eras/locales necessary to accompany the texts. I will update this listing as I obtain more pieces. This thread was partly inspired by the ongoing thread pertaining to @lordmarcovan 's Eclectic Box...a thread my son and I particularly love. Freshman English The Odyssey NEED---8th century BC Greek--- Romeo and Juliet HAVE---QE1 Groat courtesy of @PaddyB The Count of Monte Cristo HAVE---1837 France 5 Franc--- but would prefer ---Napoleon piece or Louis XVIII piece--- Junior British Literature Beowulf/Grendel Anglo-Saxon Brooch (6th century) The Canterbury Tales NEED---14th Century British (preferably Edward III as Chaucer served at his court)--- Macbeth HAVE---James I thistle penny---courtesy @PaddyB Frankenstein 1817 6 Pence Lord of the Flies HAVE ---1949 British--- 1984 Dystopian future Atonement HAVE ---1940s British The White Tiger HAVE ---contemporary India AP Literature and Composition (Seniors) The Underground Railroad HAVE ---CIVIL WAR era US Heart of Darkness Various Belgian Congo Pieces Things Fall Apart NEED---British West Africa 1 or 2 Shilling 1913-1920--- The Poisonwood Bible ---want--- 1961 Katanga or 10 Mokuta HAVE 1965 Congo Leopoldville 10 Francs Slaughterhouse Five --various Nazi pieces--- The Handmaid's Tale ---Dystopian Future but based on early Puritan societal values--- Hamlet ---QE1 Groat---see above or ---14-15th Century Denmark???--- Dante's Inferno NEED---14th century Italy--- Oedipus/Antigone NEED---5th century BC Greek--- In the Lake of the Woods NEED---1968 Vietnam--- One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest HAVE---1962 US--- I'll keep updating as I fill out the list. I know some of the older pieces will be a bit expensive, but hopefully I can find some deals. I'm maxed out on the number of photos allowed so I'll go to multiple posts as the collection grows.