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The Use and Survival of Coins and of Gold and Silver in the Vesuvian Cities

Jean Andreau

in The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and Romans

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780199233359
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191716348 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233359.003.0011
The Use and Survival of Coins and of Gold and Silver in the Vesuvian Cities

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This chapter examines monetization in early imperial Italy. Evidence from Vesuvian cities is compared with evidence from other sites. It is shown that in Graeco-Roman antiquity, coins were by far the common means of payment, but in the cities where there were bankers, bank accounts had a role to play. Coinage was not the only way to keep valuables. The evidence from the Vesuvian cities shows that we must recognize the importance of jewellery and precious metals, of gold and silver jewels, and of silver plate.

Keywords: coinage; gold; silver; imperial Italy; money; monetization; jewellery

Chapter.  7617 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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