I'm planning on making invitation cards and a simple webpage for my friend's birthday. I've been trying to find a free webfont alternative for Golden Type Bold for a while. I might just be ok with a desktop font at this point though and finding a separate font for the webpage. Do you guys know of a free substitute for Golden Type? Any insight is greatly appreciated!

Here is a reference: http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/itc/golden-type/bold/

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    This font has a number of distinctive features and I doubt you'll find an extremely close match. What attracts you to this font? What features are you less interested in?
    – user52889
    Commented Jun 5, 2016 at 17:51
  • I am most interested in the style of the serifs. I like how most of them are angled and taper a little bit. Gives it a slight vintage look which I think would work great with the design I'm creating (which is of an old constellation map).
    – Naomi
    Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 0:31

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Coelacanth, a free Venetian based on Centaur, comes in many weights and optical sizes; it’s a work in progress, and the developer’s site is benwhitmore.altervista.org.

Here’s a sample for comparison:

\setmainfont{Coelacanth Bold Brevier}

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output of code above

While we’re on the subject of free Venetians, Ralph Levien is working on Museum (levien.com/type/myfonts/museum.html). It has no bold, but its optical sizes may be useful to you.

  • Wow this is very helpful, thank you so much Thérèse!
    – Naomi
    Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 0:42
  • Nice find! And all the better that Coelecanth feels (at least to me) like it more consistently meets the OP's requirements than Golden Type (which seems like it can't make up its mind what serifs to use).
    – user52889
    Commented Jun 6, 2016 at 20:51

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