Appel à contribution – The sincerest form of flattery? Imitative coinage in Britain, Ireland, and Europe

26th July 2021, Online via Zoom

Since 1956 the Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles, a British Academy research project, has promoted study of the numismatic remains of Britain and Ireland. It has published 70 volumes, ranging in content from the pre-Roman Iron Age to the seventeenth century. The Sylloge Committee has established a series of symposia for students and scholars to present fresh research on the dynamic subject of coinage, the material culture of money and monetary history. The Committee especially encourages advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in the subject to attend or to offer papers on aspects of their research, and also seeks contributions from early career researchers and established scholars. This is a discipline which thrives on new discoveries and innovative approaches, and which warmly welcomes students trained in archaeology, history, linguistics, art history, and other related areas.

The imitation of coinage is a central feature of medieval monetary history, and provokes fundamental questions for archaeologists, historians, and numismatists. Who commissioned and manufactured imitations? What scales of production were involved – and how was production organised? To what extent were imitations accepted or rejected by coin users? What do imitations tell us about the interplay of money, coinage, and authority in the medieval world? This Symposium invites contributions of 20 minute papers exploring aspects of the imitation of coins in medieval Europe (including Britain, Ireland, Latin and Orthodox Europe, and the Mediterranean world), from late antiquity to the early modern period.

If you wish to participate in the Symposium, please submit a title and abstract of no more than 150 words to Dr Murray Andrews and Dr Fraser McNair at SCBIcoinagesymposium@gmail.com by 31st May 2021.

Keywords: coins, medieval, money, copy, counterfeit, imitation, forgery

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