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7 Money and Currency in Medieval Greece

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The subject matter of this study is money, which may be defined as a measure of value with which wealth is stored and exchanged. Much of the money available in medieval Greece, as with most pre-modern societies, was represented by minted coinage ("currency"). Medieval Greece was a highly monetised society, in the sense that a large percentage of the population handled and used coins in a variety of ways on a regular basis. This chapter discusses the state of research on typology and archaeology. It then assesses separately the coin finds and the indigenous coinage production of medieval Greece. The chapter also discusses a diachronic overview of coin usage. Finally, it seeks to extrapolate wider historical implications from these data. In the Byzantine and Latin traditions alike, the production of coinage was the prerogative of the empire or prince.

Keywords: archaeology; Byzantine; Latin tradition; Medieval Greece



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