IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1315: Base Metal, Silver, and Gold Coins: Exploring the Meanings of Memory through Numismatic Evidence

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:University of Nottingham
Organisers:Marco Panato, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Mariele Valci, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Moderator/Chair:Alan M. Stahl, Department of Rare Books & Special Collections, Firestone Library, Princeton University
Paper 1315-aBetween Two Worlds: Northern Italy and the Mint of Venice in Carolingian Times, 8th-9th Centuries
(Language: English)
Marco Panato, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Economics - Trade, Numismatics, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1315-bPopes, Senators, Pilgrims, and Creditors: The Rome Commune as Told by Black Money
(Language: English)
Mariele Valci, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Economics - Urban, Numismatics, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1315-cThe Gold Florin of Florence between Memory, Fiction, and Performance
(Language: English)
Stefano Locatelli, Department of History, University of Manchester
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Economics - Trade, Numismatics, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

This session examines the role of Italian coinage as a vehicle for political messages throughout the Middle Ages. The Carolingian denarius of Venice, the denaro provisino of the Rome Commune, and the gold fiorino of Florence were struck in different cities and periods, and are made of different metals. Nonetheless, the intention behind their production was the same: namely, supporting the ambitions of local polities, and reinforcing their authority as a political entity. This session will therefore focus on money as an instrument of collective memory and propaganda in a diachronic perspective, between the 9th and 14th centuries.