As you may recall, I've been cudgeling myself over losing the antique coin-necklace, but I do remember it, so let me try to describe it for you. The coins were strung together with very simple large link chain. The largest and heaviest coins were in the middle. My recollection is that they were all sanded on one side, and stamped with designs like the 'prickly crescents' I described in a previous post, and with other shapes as well. On the reverse, they were quite dirty old coins. One in particular had a huge serpent with many 'turns' or 'coils' to it. I always feel I would recognize the coins if I could see them, but I do recall that they weren't a lot of the European 'heads of state' kinds of coins. We used to have a coin purse full of Arab and Iranian coins, with swords or lion-and-sword motifs, but I always thought they were gathered by my father. In this assumption, I now know I was wrong, but just which coins came from him and which from my mother's family I can no longer discern, as all those old coins have been mixed and some given away. Anyway, if I remember rightly, the largest coins seemed to have a layer of metal around the outside to protect the edge, and/or to make the necklace heavier. I read somewhere that Berbers valued less the size of a necklace and more its weight. In any case, this necklace was a very poor one compared to many that you see in books displaying Berber jewelry. I can't remember if it had two or three tiers and I believe it had five or six drops. The two outside drops were made of very small thin coins that had been polished to a very light sheen and were slightly curved, as if placed over a finger-tip and smoothed until it fit the contours of a finger. At least, as a girl, I used to press my fingertip inside these curved coins and they fit perfectly.
I've just ordered a book called "Tuareg Jewelry" and I'm hoping to find a similar example there. I'm also keeping an eye out for the kind of short sword we had in the family.