The story behind this video in David's column for TF: theflorentine.net/articles/article-view.asp?issuetocId=7287
Need some money. Make it by hand the 14th century way.
This film demonstrates historical techniques used to hand hammer money in 13th century Florence. The Florentine goldsmith who appears in the film is Paolo Penko. He still uses the technique to make handmade 24 carat gold Florins. Each coin contains more than three grams of solid gold.
It's a Florentine tradition to give a Florin to a newborn baby as a keepsake, good luck piece and symbol to build for the future.
The phrase, "One gold Florin today for many in the future." is often used to accompany the tradition.