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Journal > Volumes > 51 (2020) / 4 (Winter)
Anno Domini-Dated Coins in Europe, 1450–1600: Numismatics and Early Modern Political Culture
William Monter
Northwestern University

Urging early modernists to make better use of the era’s preserved high-prestige coins, this essay is centered around their permanent adoption of Anno Domini dates, normally written in Arabic numerals, throughout early modern Latin Christendom, primarily from 1450 to 1600. Drawn mainly from electronic catalogs of a few major numismatic collections, especially the American Numismatic Society in New York, it argues that dated early modern coins provide much useful information, both epigraphic and pictorial, about the political agendas of their various issuers. It also warns that the numismatic custodians of this evidence, who share few priorities with early modern scholars, arrange its chronology in ways we find strange (e.g., half of the six Cromwell coins in the ANS are “medieval” and half “modern”).

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