Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

Rome and Coinage in the Tenth Century: Possible Reasons for the Closure of the Mint

Sep 15, 2022, 10:00 AM
Auditorium Maximum - Hall D

Auditorium Maximum - Hall D


Mariele Valci (Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici, Naples)


This article will focus on the economy and coinage in Rome between the eighth and tenth centuries, when the city and its mint were under papal control. It will first discuss the reasons why Rome had a small-scale monetary economy even when, in relative terms, it was a large centre with complex political structures. The diverse functions of Roman coinage, and specifically of the Antiquiores, and the metal supply strategies followed by the Rome mint will be explored to answer this question. This analysis will lead to the second key question of the paper, which is why the papacy decided to stop the production of Roman pennies and then close the mint of the city at the end of the tenth century.

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Mariele Valci (Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici, Naples)

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