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Moneymakers.: Om att slå mynt av sig själv
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies. Arkeologi.
2004 (Swedish)In: Aktuell Arkeologi VIII, Arkeologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, Stockholm , 2004, 77-92 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

The coinage of Gotland in the Baltic Sea was initiated about 1140, some forty years before the Swedish mainland coinage. It is characterised by its stability and its particular weight system, which suggests an autonomous right to strike coins. Why was this coinage initiated, and who was responsible for it? The anonymous iconography of the coins gives no obvious leads but was shaped to appeal to the users in a clear and understandable way. With analogies from the Viking Age coinage of Sigtuna, I argue that the coins carried and embodied multilevel messages and were used both to justify and to create power, through the use of references to myths and archaic symbols. The coins and their pictures are not to be regarded as simply an expression of the then-existing society and power, but also as creators of it. Rather than looking for explanations in the growth of trade or a monetary economy, I argue that coinage was primarily initiated to communicate and establish the legitimacy of the issuer.

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Arkeologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, Stockholm , 2004. 77-92 p.
Keyword [en]
Coinage, mynt, Middle Ages, medeltid, legitimacy, propaganda, Olof Skötkonung, Sigtuna, Gotland, coin
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-20768OAI: diva2:187294
Available from: 2007-11-30 Created: 2007-11-30Bibliographically approved

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