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

The coinage of the Kingdom of Italy from Louis II to Berengar II (855–961): a reappraisal

Sep 16, 2022, 10:00 AM
Auditorium Maximum - Hall C

Auditorium Maximum - Hall C


Luca Gianazza (Independent Researcher )


With the death of Lothair I (840), the denarii issued in the Kingdom of Italy stopped bearing the name of the mint of origin. They adopted the representation of a church in the form of a tetrastyle temple accompanied by the legend XPISTIANA RELIGIO, which would remain in sole use until 905/10th c., and were later after progressively abandoned during the 10th century.
This situation gives rise to many uncertainties in the classification of coins, complicated further by homonymous names of kings of Italy in that period.
Thanks to the availability of a new coins from excavations, and a large group of specimens recently rediscovered in public and private collections, it is now possible to develop a much more reliable chronology of the coins of the Kingdom of Italy than hitherto, identifying specific stylistic and figurative peculiarities which help to identify with a greater accuracy their mint of origin.

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Luca Gianazza (Independent Researcher )

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