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Words and Coins from Ancient Greece to Byzantium

The Introduction of coinage in ancient Greece world is a product of human ingenuity intended to meet everyday needs, under a convention aimed at preserving equity in a society of reciprocity, in which the value of all goods of a certain weight or a certain affinity could be estimated comparatively, fairly and logically, using one medium. this was achieved by the adoption of the money in the form of the coin, i.e. a metal piece weighted and tested, imprinted with the stamp of the issuing autority, as a sign of sovereignty and a guarantee of credit.

In consequence, coinage, initially with an intrinsic value (deriving from precious metals, particulary silver) and later with a nominal value (bronze coins), becam the vehicule of various monetized exchanges and transactions, as well as a means of savings. Thus it acquired a ynamic role in people's lives and with its continuum mobile contributed decisvely to the expansion of the economy.

  • Exhibition Catalogue
  • MER. Paper Kunsthalle / Fondation Martin Bodmer
  • Bound
  • 380 pages
  • 10.9 x 8.1 x 1.5 inches
  • 2012
  • ISBN-13: 978-9490693640
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Words and Coins from Ancient Greece to Byzantium