The term monetization has been the subject of repeated discussions in recent decades in the fields of Scandinavian numismatics, archeology and history. Its very broad definition has often been a cause of concern. In my recently completed Ph.D. dissertation, Coin and power, the monetization of Denmark 1074-1241, I have carried out my analyses based on the notion of monetization as a process rather than an end goal. Instead of focusing on when a monetary economy is established, the dissertation analysis focuses on the degree of monetization. Thus by focusing on the process, the need to define fixed boundaries that the monetization process must cross before we can discuss a monetized society is avoided.
In my presentation I will describe the most significant changes in Denmark's monetization process during the period 1074-1241, as well as the significance these changes had for society, and the further development of the monetization process.