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Value and worth.: On the earliest coinage of Gotland, Sweden, c. 1140-1290.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies. Arkeologi.
2005 (English)In: XIII Congreso internacional de numismática, Madrid 2003.: : actas : proceedings : actes. 2, 2005, 1223-1229 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to give some aspects on the first, medieval, coinage of Gotland, an island on the eastern coast of Sweden, in the Baltic Sea.

Gotland is today a part of Sweden but has for a long time been considered to be rather autonomous. This picture is perhaps confirmed by its autonomous coinage. I will argue that the historical importance of this coinage is not primarily as being a part of the raise of a state power, of a new monetary system or of trading relations. Neither is the medieval coinage to be regarded as simply a consequence of the autonomous status of the island. Instead I see it as an active manifestation of Gotland’s status and of the self-image of its inhabitants, and from the beginning a part of the creation and re-creation of this image.

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2005. 1223-1229 p.
Keyword [en]
Coinage, Gotland, 12th century, Baltic Sea, state formation, autonomy, medieval economy
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Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-20717ISBN: 81-8181-264-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-20717DiVA: diva2:187243
Available from: 2007-11-29 Created: 2007-11-29Bibliographically approved

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