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

The Ottoman campaign of 1595 in Wallachia – numismatic evidence

Sep 12, 2022, 11:20 AM
Old Library - Hall 115-116

Old Library - Hall 115-116


Eugen Nicolae Marius Blaskó (Institutul de Arheologie "Vasile Pârvan" )


The authors discuss an episode of the Long Turkish War (1593-1606), the Ottoman campaign of 1595 in Wallachia, in the light of the numismatic material. A range of Wallachian coin hoards ending in or around 1595, whose dating is based on either European coinage or Ottoman coins of Murad III, provides information on the actions of the Wallachians and their allies to prevent and repel the Ottoman attack and on the great devastation caused by the war. The structure of these deposits offers new data regarding the main transformations occurring in coin circulation compared to the pre-war period: the changes to Ottoman coinage, its gradual replacement with European coinage (mainly Hungarian and German) as the dominant currency, and the increasing role of the emerging high-value silver coins, the thalers.

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Marius Blaskó (Institutul de Arheologie "Vasile Pârvan" )


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