IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 904: Annual Medieval Academy Lecture - The Mediterranean Melting Pot: Crosscurrents in Medieval Coinage

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 19.30-20.30

Sponsor:Medieval Academy of America
Introduction:John Cherry, Independent Scholar, London
Speaker:Alan M. Stahl, Curator of Numismatics, Princeton University

In the half millennium from 1000 to 1500, Europe went from being a marginal participant in the Eastern Mediterranean to playing an active and even dominant role in its economic and political life. Nowhere is this growing hegemony more concretely exemplified than in the numismatic realm. From reliance on the small, and often base, silver penny of the central Middle Ages, all but useless for long-scale commerce or major capitalization of military expeditions, European mints gradually added denominations of large silver and of gold coins based on Byzantine and Islamic models. As European dominance in the monetary sphere grew, its new coinages became the basis of Mediterranean trade and were adopted by Latin colonial minters and in turn became the basis for issues by autochthonous eastern rulers.

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