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Divina moneta: Coins in Religion and Ritual
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Medieval Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8684-6872
2018 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This edited collection analyses the phenomenon of coin use for religious and ritual purposes in different cultures and across different periods of time. It proposes an engagement with the theory and interpretation of the ‘material turn’ with numismatic evidence, and an evidence-based series of discussions to offer a fuller, richer and fresh account of coin use in ritual contexts. No extensive publication has previously foregrounded coins in such a model, despite the fact that coins constitute an integrated part of the material culture of most societies today and of many in the past. Here, interdisciplinary discussions are organised around three themes: coin deposit and ritual practice, the coin as economic object and divine mediator, and the value and meaning of coin offering. Although focusing on the medieval period in Western Europe, the book includes instructive cases from the Roman period until today. The collection brings together well-established and emerging scholars from archaeology, art history, ethnology, history and numismatics, and great weight is given to material evidence which can complement and contradict the scarce written sources.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Routledge, 2018. , p. 257
Series
Religion and Money in the Middle Ages ; 2
Keywords [en]
coins, religion, ritual, cultural history, sacrifice, numismatics
Keywords [it]
monete, religione, rituale, storica culturale, sacrificio, numismatica
Keywords [sv]
mynt, religion, ritual, kulturhistoria, offer, numismatik
National Category
History and Archaeology
Research subject
Archaeology; History; History of Religion; Ethnology; Art History; Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-149572ISBN: 9781472485922 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-149572DiVA, id: diva2:1162911
Projects
Norges forskningsråd, projektnr 222545
Note

Table of Contents

Introduction: Faith and Ritual Materialised: Coin Finds in Religious Contexts

[Nanouschka Myrberg Burström]

Part I: Money in Rituals and Practice

1. Death by Deposition?: Coins and Ritual in the Late Iron Age and Early Roman Transition in Northern Gaul

[David Wigg-Wolf]

2. The Impact of Coinage on Ritual Offerings During the Late Iron Age (c. 250–25/15 BC)

[Michael Nick]

3. Coins and Baptism in Late Antiquity: Written Sources and Numismatic Evidence Reconsidered

[Claudia Perassi]

4. Pilgrims, Pennies and the Ploughzone: Folded Coins in Medieval Britain

[Richard Kelleher]

5. Why Money Does Grow on Trees: The British Coin-Tree Custom

[Ceri Houlbrook]

Part II: Coins as Secular and Sacred Objects

6. Coins as Non-Coins: The Use and Meaning of Roman Coins in Religious Contexts Outside the Empire

[Helle W. Horsnæs]

7. Firmly I Believe and Truly: Religious Iconography on Early Anglo-Saxon Coins

[Anna Gannon]

8. Pecuniary Profanities?: Money, Christianity and Demonstrative Giving in the Early Middle Ages

[Rory Naismith]

9. Coins and the Church in Medieval England: Votive and Economic Functions of Money in Religious Contexts

[Martin Allen]

10. Sacra Moneta: Divinity, Purity, Miracles and Powers

[Lucia Travaini]

Part III: The Value and Worth of Offering

11. Worthless?: The Practice of Depositing Counterfeit Coins in Roman Votive Contexts

[Fleur Kemmers]

12. Scandinavian Women in Search of Salvation: Women’s Use of Money in Religion and Devotional Practice

[Svein H. Gullbekk]

13. A Cheap Salvation?: Post-Reformation Offerings in Finnish Churches

[Frida Ehrnsten]

Available from: 2017-12-05 Created: 2017-12-05 Last updated: 2018-01-23Bibliographically approved

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