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

Session

S31. ANTIQUITY & MIDDLE AGES 5. FONTES INEDITI NUMISMATICAE ANTIQUAE (FINA)

S31
Sep 16, 2022, 2:00 PM
Auditorium Maximum - Hall A

Auditorium Maximum - Hall A

Conveners

S31. ANTIQUITY & MIDDLE AGES 5. FONTES INEDITI NUMISMATICAE ANTIQUAE (FINA)

  • Bernhard Woytek (Austrian Academy of Sciences)

S31. ANTIQUITY & MIDDLE AGES 5. FONTES INEDITI NUMISMATICAE ANTIQUAE (FINA)

  • Bernhard Woytek (Austrian Academy of Sciences)

Description

Org. and chair: Bernhard Woytek

The project "Fontes Inediti Numismaticae Antiquae" aims at collecting, studying and publishing early modern manuscript evidence related to ancient coinage; the focus is on material before c. 1800. The project was launched in 2011 and has been under the aegis of the Union Académique Internationale (UAI) since 2013 (project no. 84). Its background is twofold. On the one hand, there is currently a growing general interest in antiquarianism, of which numismatics forms an important part. On the other hand, studies in antiquarian numismatics have mainly been based on printed material so far. However, though very numerous, numismatic books (and articles in journals) are only a part of the total of information available for the study of the discipline, since a lot of key sources were never printed.
FINA fills this gap through the study of unpublished numismatic letters, manuscripts of numismatic works, manuscript inventories of coin collections, printed books with scholarly annotations and manuscript copies or translations of printed numismatic works (see the project website fina.oeaw.ac.at/). Since 2013, several third-party funded research projects on antiquarian numismatics, especially on the 16th and 18th centuries, have been conducted successfully. Two major international conferences - on Joseph Eckhel and on numismatic correspondence - were organised in 2015 and 2017 respectively, in Vienna and Rome. A wealth of information on numismatic letters and manuscripts, collected by Francois de Callatay and Guy Meyer, has been made available on the internet on an open access Semantic Media Wiki platform, which is constantly being expanded: fina.oeaw.ac.at/wiki/.
FINA was first presented to the broader numismatic public at the INC 2015 at Taormina. INC 2022 will provide an excellent opportunity to look back at what has been achieved in the meantime, to present some highlights and to map out promising directions for future research on manuscript sources for ancient numismatics.

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