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Clipped Coins

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. Money equals power, and a ruler’s success often hinges on control of that power. The stability of a monetary system can reinforce a ruler’s right to rule; conversely, an unsound and vulnerable coinage can lead to disruptive social and economic issues. As a result, medieval authorities, much like their […]

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Coins of the Bad Popes

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….. Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the State of Vatican City, Servant of the Servants of God. THE POPE’S resounding modern titles give […]

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Medieval Numismatics: Coins of the Crusaders

Crusaders coins survive in surprising abundance and have much to tell us about this distant era, which has so many parallels to contemporary events. By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …. Between 1096 and 1291, the Church of Rome, the aristocracy, and the peoples of Western Europe launched a series of military campaigns against the Muslim […]

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Serenissima: Medieval Coinage of Venice

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz…. BETWEEN THE YEARS 1200 and 1600 a handful of feisty Italians created one of the greatest commercial and maritime empires in history. Venetians wrecked the Byzantine state, fought the Ottoman sultans to a standstill, defied a series of Popes and German emperors, and adorned their city with masterpieces […]

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