History of medieval and modern coins

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-ANT/04
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide a framework of the history of medieval and modern coinage by directing students to bibliographical, lexical, written and numismatic sources and research methods. A suitable knowledge of the material will be made possible through practical experience with a collection of ancient, medieval and modern coins combined with the materials examined in the course.
Expected learning outcomes
The course presents students with materials and methods for the study of medieval and modern coinage: given the nature of coins, which circulate across human culture, one observes the wide picture of Italy and the Mediterranean which can be compared with other parts of Europe. The study of coins as metal documents makes it possible to capture historical aspects relevant to the fields of political economy, political culture, law, iconography, technology and even ritual and devotion. The written sources are numerous (merchant, literary texts, money changer books, mint ordinances, diaries, etc.); numismatic sources can also be treasures or coins from excavation or collection. With practical examples related to diverse regions and periods, students will be able to verify in practice the methodologies and research possibilities in the field, always relating back to written and numismatic sources. The course is set within a framework of continuous participation and dialogue, as well as with materials entrusted to students for personal exploration to be exhibited in the classroom. There will be seminary activities based on both the collections of coins and specific written sources, which are to be examined from time to time. At the end of the course, students will be able to place the main monetary phenomena of the long period under consideration within a contextual framework, and to navigate through the bibliographical and critical analysis of the most recent research.
Students opting not to attend the lessons will be able to participate in practical exercises with coins by booking with the instructor; additionally, they can arrange suggested readings to deepen their knowledge by contacting the instructor by email or during office hours.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
power point and audio
group seminars organized with registered students and presentazions via zoom
Course syllabus
WHY COINS? The power of coins; medieval and modern history from coins: images and communication of the State; mint technology; coin circulation; ritual uses and coin relics.

Part A (20 hours and 3 credits): Coins as historical sources. Research methods: numismatic and written sources.
Part B (20 hours and 3 credits): Text and images, mints and states: coins as means of communication of power.
Part C (20 hours and 3 credits): Ritual uses of coins. The Thirty Pieces of Silver.

The course is aimed at students of the master's degree program in historical sciences (class LM-84) registered from 2017-18, in historical sciences registered until 2016-17, and of the three-year degree course in history (class L-42) registered before 2016-2017; as free credits for students of other master's courses.

Presentation of the course
Coins are privileged historical documents for historical research and the course aims to present research methods and examples: coins are coeval and official artefacts, produced in different metals in many mints. Coins are 'metallic documents' that can shed light on aspects relevant to the legal, economic, technological, cultural and visual history of states and sovereigns; coins also played a non-secondary role in religious history. The history of medieval and moderns coins will be considered with a broad look which from Italy and the Mediterranean will lead to examine monetary situations in other parts of Europe.
During the course, students will be in contact with ancient, medieval and modern coins from the teaching collection, with cataloguing exercises whose calendar will be fixed in the first days of the course.
Even non-attending students can optionally participate in an exercise by booking from the end of February 2020 by contacting the teacher via email.
Prerequisites for admission
Students will have a basic knowledge of medieval and modern history, and ability to read and understand Italian and English languages. Latin not required.
Teaching methods
The teacher will illustrate the role of coins by inserting them in the broader historical, geographical and visual contexts, showing their use by sovereigns and ordinary people, lay and cleric. The study of their iconography will place the artists of the mints within the wider context of the artistic production of the time. Power point presentations and coins shown in the classroom (ancient, medieval and modern coins from the teaching collection ).
Teaching Resources
Bibliography

Part A
Programme for attending students
L. Travaini, Monete e storia nell'Italia medievale, Roma, Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, 2007, pp. 7-280, 342-350 (errata-corrige pdf in ariel-unimi; discount for students in the Poligrafico bookshop in Piazza Diaz).

Part B
Programme for attending students
L. Travaini, I capelli di Carlo il Calvo. Indagine sul ritratto monetale nell'Europa medievale, Roma, Quasar, 2013, capitoli 1-9 (errata-corrige pdf in ariel-unimi).

Part C
Programme for attending students
L. Travaini, I Trenta denari di Giuda. Storia di reliquie impreviste nell'Europa medievale e moderna, Roma, Viella, 2020.

Per 6 credits: attending students:
Travaini, Monete e storia nell'Italia medievale (NO chapters 6, 8, 10)
Travaini, I capelli di Carlo il Calvo (NO chapters 2, 4, 5)
Travaini, I Trenta denari di Giuda (chapters 1, 5-6, 9)

Part A
Programme for non attending students
L. Travaini, Monete e storia nell'Italia medievale, Roma, Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, 2007, pp. 7-280, 342-350 (errata-corrige pdf in ariel-unimi).

Part B
Programme for non attending students
L. Travaini, I capelli di Carlo il Calvo. Indagine sul ritratto monetale nell'Europa medievale, Roma, Quasar, 2013 (errata-corrige pdf in ariel-unimi).

Part C
Programme for non attending students
L. Travaini, I Trenta denari di Giuda. Storia di reliquie impreviste nell'Europa medievale e moderna, Roma, Viella, 2020
6 credits: NON attending:
Travaini, Monete e storia nell'Italia medievale (NO capitoli 6, 8, 10)
Travaini, I capelli di Carlo il Calvo (NO chapters 2, 4, 5)
L. Travaini, I Trenta denari di Giuda. Storia di reliquie impreviste nell'Europa medievale e moderna, Roma, Viella, 2020, chapters 1-9.
Assessment methods and Criteria
279/5000
Oral: The oral test consists of an interview on the topics of the program, to ascertain the knowledge of method and interpretation, the historical-chronological competence of the framework, the ability to correctly describe and contextualize the coins illustrated in the texts.
Unita' didattica A
L-ANT/04 - NUMISMATICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-ANT/04 - NUMISMATICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-ANT/04 - NUMISMATICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours