IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 235: Mediterranean and Beyond: New Perspectives on the Circulation and Production of Gold Coins in the 13th Century

Monday 3 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Stefano Locatelli, Department of History, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Lucia Travaini, Dipartimento di Studi storici, Università degli Studi di Milano
Paper 235-aLater Gold Coinage of the Crusader States
(Language: English)
Robert Leonard, American Numismatic Society, New York
Index terms: Crusades, Numismatics
Paper 235-bThe Beginning of Gold Coinage in 13th-Century Genoa: Choices, Standards, and Possible Purposes
(Language: English)
Monica Baldassarri, Museo Civico di Montopoli, Val d'Arno / Dipartimento di Civiltà e Forme del sapere, Università di Pisa
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Numismatics
Paper 235-cUnderstanding the Gold Florin of Florence: Origins and Expectations
(Language: English)
Stefano Locatelli, Department of History, University of Manchester
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Numismatics

1252 is known as the date for the return to gold in Western Europe. In that year Genoa and Florence began to produce the gold genoino and the gold florin, opening a new era in Western European monetary history. African, Islamic, Byzantine, Crusader gold, and gold coins, however, never ceased to circulate within the Mediterranean basin. By adopting a broader approach that considers all possible connections between East and West, this session provides new insights on certain long-debated problems related to the 13th century ‘back to gold’, namely the beginning of gold coinage in Genoa, the origin and nature of the gold florin and a new chronology for the gold bezants of the Crusader States.