Zecca: The Mint of Venice in the Middle Ages

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Within a few months of assuming the position of curator of medieval coins at the American Numismatic Society in 1980, Alan M. Stahl was presented with a plastic bag containing a hoard of 5,000 recently discovered coins, most of which turned out to be from medieval Venice. The course of study of that hoard (and a later one containing more than 14,000 coins) led him to the Venetian archives, where he examined thousands of unpublished manuscripts. To provide an even more accurate account of how the Zecca mint ...

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Overview

Within a few months of assuming the position of curator of medieval coins at the American Numismatic Society in 1980, Alan M. Stahl was presented with a plastic bag containing a hoard of 5,000 recently discovered coins, most of which turned out to be from medieval Venice. The course of study of that hoard (and a later one containing more than 14,000 coins) led him to the Venetian archives, where he examined thousands of unpublished manuscripts. To provide an even more accurate account of how the Zecca mint operated in Venice in the thirteenth through fifteenth centuries, Stahl commissioned scientific analyses of the coins using a variety of modern techniques, uncovering information about their content and how they had been manufactured. The resulting book, Zecca: The Mint of Venice in the Middle Ages, is the first to examine the workings of a premodern mint using extensive research in original documents as well as detailed study of the coins themselves.

The first of the book's three sections traces the coinage of Venice from its origins in the ninth century as a minor, and unofficial, regional Italian coinage to its position at the dawn of the Renaissance as the dominant currency of Mediterranean trade. The second section, entitled "The Mint in the Life of Medieval Venice," illustrates the mechanisms of the control of bullion and the strategies for mint profit and explores the mint's role in Venetian trade and the emergence of a bureaucratized government. The third section, "Within the Mint," examines the physical operations that transformed raw bullion into coins and identifies the personnel of the mint, situating the holders of each position in the context of their social and professional backgrounds.

Illustrated with photos of Venetian coinage from the world's major collections, Zecca also includes a listing of all holders of offices related to the medieval Venetian mint and summaries of all major finds of medieval Venetian coins.

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Editorial Reviews

American Historical Review - Thomas F. Madden

Stahl brings the medieval mint to life... This is a book of enormous importance not only for the history of Venice but also for medieval numismatic history in general.

Renaissance Quarterly - Joseph P. Byrne

Stahl's very intelligent organization allows one to dip into this nearly encyclopedic work for material on a wide range of matters in economic, social, political and numismatic history. His command of secondary studies allows for a reliable synthesis of these, while his extensive archival research provides him both a critical stance and ample matierial for exploring his own interests.

Speculum - William R. Day

Extremely well written... Future research on mints and minting in Italy during the Middle Ages, and indeed throughout Europe, will have to take this book into account. Stahl has set a challenging standard to follow.

Technology and Culture - Holly S. Hurlburt

Stahl's experience as a numismatist is evident as he blends a discussion of medieval metallurgy with modern scientific techniques and statistical analysis to reveal previously unknown information about the composition of the coins and the volume of coinage produced... A well-rounded and well-documented history of this crucial Venetian institution.

Journal of Economic History - Yadira Gonzalez de Lara

Worthy for any scholar working on either pre-modern minting or Venetian History... an enduring contribution.

Medieval Prosopography - John Munro

One of the very best monographs in numismatic and monetary history, and certainly in numismatics, that I have ever read. Along with being exceptionally well researched and documented, the book is also very well written, and indeed a pleasure to read.

Peter Spufford
This book is the most penetrating study yet written of any mint in late medieval Europe,and has particular importance because of the sheer size of the Venetian mint,one of the largest in Europe. Alan Stahl's work admirably complements the volumes by Frederic Lane and Reinhold Mueller on money and banking in medieval Venice. Zecca crowns twenty years of distinguished work in the Venetian archives. All future studies of medieval mints will have to take account of what he has written.
Francois R. Velde
This is an important work of solid scholarship that sheds new light on the Venetian mint as an institution. Stahl makes good use of numismatics. He also emphasizes people in a detailed manner. This not only enlivens the book by bringing to life bullion merchants and mint officials, but also sharpens our understanding of these important economic actors.
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Meet the Author

Alan M. Stahl served for twenty years as the curator of medieval coins for the American Numismatic Society, and is currently a visiting professor in the department of history at the University of Michigan. His previous books include The Merovingian Coinage of the Region of Metz and The Venetian Tornesello: A Medieval Colonial Coinage.

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Table of Contents

Contents:



PART I - The Venetian Mint and Coinage to 1423

PART II - The Zecca in the Life of Medieval Venice

PART III - Within the Mint

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