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The Hatched Cross: Gotlandic Coins of the 13th century Baltic Sea area
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Medieval Studies.
2012 (English)In: Monetary History of the Baltic in the Middle Ages (12-16th C.) / [ed] Ivar Leimus, Tallinn: Eesti Ajaloomuuseum , 2012, 180-196 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the 12th century, some authority on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea started off a coinage, the first ever on Gotland and the first medieval coinage of Sweden as a whole. Quite remarkably, these and any following coins minted on the island never adjusted to the Swedish mainland royal coins in weights or iconography, but seem to have been independently administered even though the island was within Swedish power (for any period when it was not under somebody else’s control). In the 12th century and well into the 13th, Gotlandic coins had a strong impact on certain areas of the mainland, and in the 13th century they were even used as a model for new coinages in the Baltic Sea area. Interestingly, these first Gotlandic coins in several ways show where their inspiration came from, and thus perhaps who or what motivated their coming into being: trading partners and other guests from the southwestern parts of the Baltic and North Sea.

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Tallinn: Eesti Ajaloomuuseum , 2012. 180-196 p.
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medieval coins, crusades, Gotland, Baltic contacts, monetary history, numismatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-84528OAI: diva2:580766
Available from: 2012-12-26 Created: 2012-12-26 Last updated: 2013-03-19Bibliographically approved

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