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The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and Romans$
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W. V. Harris

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199233359

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233359.001.0001

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

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

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(p.208) 10 The Use and Survival of Coins and of Gold and Silver in the Vesuvian Cities
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The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and Romans
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Jean Andreau

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233359.003.0011

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

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