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Mrak E.Smith





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PostPosted: Sat 08 Jan, 2011 10:41 pm    Post subject: Looking for a book dealing with old currencies         Reply with quote

in medieval time & early modern world there were all kinds of currencies, numerous kinds of gold or silver coins: ducats, florins, pounds, and as time goes by even the value of same currency changed dramaticly. So for me it's very difficult to get an accurate concept about the real value and economic importance of medieval & early modern arms and armour, and gunpowder weapons.
So i'm looking for a book dealing with this particular topic, history of money in medieval and early modern world. better it treats most main currencis used by european powers, and discusses their value and development in detail. is there any recommands? Thanks!(Sorry for my English)
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Kel Rekuta




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PostPosted: Sun 09 Jan, 2011 9:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The scope of your question is vast! Eek!

You might start with this book, then follow the related books farther down the page:

Money and its Use in Medieval Europe - Peter Spufford

http://books.google.ca/books?id=MoyNhwhSVYAC&...mp;f=false


That will keep you busy for quite a while. Didn't think it would simple, did you? Laughing Out Loud
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Mrak E.Smith





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PostPosted: Mon 10 Jan, 2011 5:10 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you very much Kel, I do expect some complexity , I'll certainly purchase this book and study it in detail.
But this title ls dealing with medieval time, what about renaissance and later time?
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A. Elema





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PostPosted: Mon 10 Jan, 2011 2:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Professor Martha Carlin has some links on her homepage to online historical currency converters and databases of wages and prices going back to the late Middle Ages. https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/carlin/www/#Reference_Tools:_Economic
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Jon Wolfe




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PostPosted: Mon 10 Jan, 2011 5:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This may be a book more in-line with what you're looking for, I've not read it myself but it would seem to be well received by its readers on Amazon.com. I tried Google Books but there wasn't an entry for it. Its pretty cheap on Amazon.com though and if you are a student with a (dot)edu email address, you can get free Amazon Prime!

Here's its listing:
http://www.amazon.com/History-Money-Jack-Weat...amp;sr=1-1
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Mrak E.Smith





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PostPosted: Tue 11 Jan, 2011 4:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you guys all! That's why I love this site——ever kind-hearted friends. I'll study these books and find more resource through their bibiliography.
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Lafayette C Curtis




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PostPosted: Tue 11 Jan, 2011 9:03 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

While you're waiting for the book, you could try reading this page to get a picture of the difficulty associated with assessing the relative value of money and goods in the age before fiat money (in the form of paper bills/banknotes) largely replaced coins made of precious metal. It says that it deals with 16th-century France but most of the points explained in the page actually apply to pretty much the whole of Europe in general.

http://www.lepg.org/money.htm
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M van Dongen




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PostPosted: Tue 11 Jan, 2011 11:02 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Lafayette C Curtis wrote:
While you're waiting for the book, you could try reading this page to get a picture of the difficulty associated with assessing the relative value of money and goods in the age before fiat money (in the form of paper bills/banknotes) largely replaced coins made of precious metal. It says that it deals with 16th-century France but most of the points explained in the page actually apply to pretty much the whole of Europe in general.

http://www.lepg.org/money.htm


I hope you recognize that gold or silver or any of the other "PMG" elements have their own dose of imaginary value. Ask the spanish after they flooded Europe with PM's from the Americas. Or ask Debeers ref to diamonds.
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Lafayette C Curtis




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PostPosted: Tue 18 Jan, 2011 5:55 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Of course. However, it should be noted that people would accept gold or silver bullion as acceptable means of payment, but not unprinted paper--and that's what matters. Myself, I prefer fiat money with negligible intrinsic value since it reminds people that the value of money lies not in its possession but in its use. That was apparently not a commonly-held opinion back in the Middle Ages, though....
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PostPosted: Tue 18 Jan, 2011 8:46 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This gives an excellent idea of relative value of all sorts of common items, including (basic) arms and armour.

http://www.learner.org/workshops/primarysourc...plies.html

-Sean

"Everywhere I have searched for peace and nowhere found it, except in a corner with a book"- Thomas a Kempis (d. 1471)
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Mrak E.Smith





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PostPosted: Wed 19 Jan, 2011 12:02 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Sean Flynt wrote:
This gives an excellent idea of relative value of all sorts of common items, including (basic) arms and armour.

http://www.learner.org/workshops/primarysourc...plies.html

Many thanks, Sean
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