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Tra moneta e oggetto. Le trasformazioni delle misure di valore nelle società greche arcaiche e classiche
Journal Title: CHEIRON 
Author/s: Maria Cecilia D’Ercole 
Year:  2019 Issue: 1-2 Language: Italian 
Pages:  27 Pg. 19-45 FullText PDF:  292 KB
DOI:  10.3280/CHE2019-001002
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Since it was created in the Greek Archaic period, the coin was an item with an intrinsic value and a normative power recognized both within and outside the borders of its state of origin. Beyond its symbolic value, the coin never lost its vicinity to metal artefacts. As a valuable item, each coin is not only one part of an abstract numerical calculation; from Greek Antiquity to pre-industrial European societies, the specific characteristics of each specimen (state of wear, and therefore weight loss, composition, etc.) were carefully assessed. This ambivalence gives rise to a partly contradictory evolution: on the one hand, the standardization of coins opens up the way to a potentially infinite accumulation, which Aristotle was probably the first to comprehend; on the other, as an object endowed with a particular intrinsic and aesthetic value, each coin is considered as a unique and specific specimen, even in the dynamics of circulation and accumulation.
Keywords: Coin; Object; Metal; Evaluation; Accumulation.

Maria Cecilia D’Ercole, in "CHEIRON" 1-2/2019, pp. 19-45, DOI:10.3280/CHE2019-001002


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