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Coin, silver
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1. To the mid-16th century

Since antiquity silver was the best known and most popular metal used for coins, since it was more plentiful than gold, making it possible to represent small values [2. 27–29, 77–104]. In the monetary reform of Charlemagne at the close of the 8th century, the bright precious metal was declared the basic material for coinage. Tied into the libra-solidus-denarius system (pound-shilling-pence system), the silver denarius (later denier) was the only…

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Fried, Torsten, “Coin, silver”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 13 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027520>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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