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Different Metals, Different Needs?

Différents métaux, différents besoins ?

Coinage in Western and Mediterranean Europe (5th–8th centuries)

Le monnayage dans l’Europe occidentale et méditerranéenne (Ve–VIIIe s.)

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Published on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 by Anastasia Giardinelli

Summary

This Study Day is focused to show the coin repertoire of the Early Middle Ages in several metals and in the different areas of Europe, and trying to establish a nexus between them up to the first decades of the eight century which leads to important changes, that will be notably accentuated with the sudden Umayyad conquest of the Iberian Peninsula and the rise of the Carolingian Empire.

Announcement

Presentation

The Germanic kingdoms, as successors of the Roman Empire, were attached to many aspects of the Roman tradition and tried to perpetuate them, and one of the most important was the production of gold and silver coinage as an expression of power and prestige. Numismatic researchers have had at their disposal an important repertoire of precious metal coins from different kingdoms coming from finds and old collections due to the interest and value of these pieces. Nevertheless, besides the high-quality issues in precious metals, the numismatic repertoire of this period also includes small and humble pieces with crude technique and general poor state of preservation which may explain their near-total absence from ancient excavation inventories. Notwithstanding the aforementioned, currently we count with many ensembles of these bronze coins –generally known as minimi–, even the material is in itself problematic, essentially due to the large amount of cleaning and restoring involved, so this material is sent to the ‘back of the queue’ in the priorities of the Museums, which explains why so many of the specimens are reported to feature ineligible legends, this has hampered their analysis and publication.

The different monetary metals do not imply different methods of manufacture but probably a different way of approaching the production of coinage and certainly a different care. However, minting different metals may involve different issuing authorities, and generally and almost certainly involves different social uses and different dispersion of coins. Broadly speaking, we would have different environments of coin circulation that rarely match exactly: the coinage in precious metals, principally in gold, minted for every kingdom and is used principally (but not only) in a ‘regional’ economy of gifts, being, thus, limited in explaining the market economy, and on the other hand, the minimi, minted by diverse authorities unlike the gold and silver coins, circulated all mixed together during the sixth and seventh century, and likely extended beyond that period. The wide circulation of these minimi through the Mediterranean indicates that they played an essential role in the economic life of the period.

This Study Day is focused to show the coin repertoire of the Early Middle Ages in several metals and in the different areas of Europe, and trying to establish a nexus between them up to the first decades of the eight century which leads to important changes, that will be notably accentuated with the sudden Umayyad conquest of the Iberian Peninsula and the rise of the Carolingian Empire.

Program

Conference organized by Ruth Pliego (University of Seville / Paris IAS 2017-2018) and Marc Bompaire (EPHE | PSL), with the support of the Paris IAS and the SAPRAT Laboratory

Tuesday, December 11th                       

15h00 - 15h30 Ouverture par Saadi Lahlou, directeur de l'IEA de Paris                             Présentation du colloque par Marc Bompaire et Ruth Pliego

Session 1 : Le cadre général : point de départ et point de référence

15h30 - 16h00 L’empire romain au Ve siècle : déchu, ruiné ou en train de se transformer ? Sabine Panzram, Universität Hamburg

16h00 - 16h30 Εntre unité et fragmentation : les systèmes monétaires méditerranéens (Ve-VIIIe siècle) Cécile Morrisson, AIBL, Paris

16h30 - 17h00   Pause                                                                

Session 2 : En s’éloignant de la Méditerranée

17h00 - 17h30 Life after Rome: The changing monetary landscape of early Medieval Northern and Central Europe David Wigg-Wolf, ­DAI Frankfurt am Main

17h30 - 18h00 Changer de métaux, changer de besoins ? Angleterre, la Méditerranée et la mer du Nord au VIIe siècle Rory Naismith, King's College London

18h00 - 18h30 Discussion générale                                  

Wednesday, December 12th

Session 3 : L’Italie : or, argent et bronze, approches politiques, régionales, chronologiques

9h00 - 9h30 Coins, metal scrap... or both?: coin finds from the Early-medieval castrum of San Martino-Lomaso (Trento) Andrea Saccocci, Universitá di Udine

9h30 - 10h00 La moneta in Italia alla fine dell'età antica Michele Asolati, Universitá di Padova

10h00 - 10h30 Le monete dei Longobardi Alessia Rovelli, Università di Tuscia

10h30 - 11h00 Pause                                                                

Session 4 : La Gaule

11h30 - 12h00 La circulation des différents métaux en Gaule méridionale Vincent Geneviève, INRAP Toulouse / Guillaume Sarah, CNRS IRAMAT Orléans

12h00 - 12h30 Les argentei et leur diffusion en Gaule aux Ve et VIe siècles Guillaume Blanchet, Université de Caen / Guillaume Sarah, CNRS IRAMAT Orléans

12h30 - 13h00 Discussion

13h00 - 14h30 Pause déjeuneur                                                         

Session 5 : La Péninsule Ibérique

14h30 - 15h00 Monetary metals in Spania during the Visigothic Kingdom Ruth Pliego, Universidad de Sevilla

15h00 - 15h30 Gold, copper, silver and lead: the metals of the Umayyad conquest of the Iberian Peninsula Tawfiq Ibrahim, RAH Madrid

15h30 - 16h00 L’argent des Omeyyades : le monnayage des émirs indépendants d’al-Andalus Sébastien Gasc, Institut National Universitaire Jean-François Champollion, Albi

16h00 - 16h30 Pause

16h30 - 17h00 Les monnaies arabes en France Philippe Sénac, Université Paris-Sorbonne

17h00 - 17h30 La transition médiévale : en guise de conclusion Marc Bompaire, EPHE PSL Paris

17h30 - 18h00 Discussion

Subjects

Places

  • IEA de Paris, Hôtel de Lauzun - 17 quai d'Anjou
    Paris, France (75004)

Date(s)

  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Keywords

  • coins, coinage, metal, gold, silver, power, numismatic, minimi, economy

Contact(s)

  • IEA de Paris Information
    courriel : information [at] paris-iea [dot] fr

Information source

  • Élodie Saubatte
    courriel : elodie [dot] saubatte [at] paris-iea [dot] fr

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« Different Metals, Different Needs? », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, December 05, 2018, https://calenda.org/516910

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