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The Wealth of Anglo-Saxon England$
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Peter Sawyer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253937

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253937.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
The Wealth of Anglo-Saxon England

Peter Sawyer

Oxford University Press

After a brief comment on forms of wealth, this chapter is concerned with coins and Domesday Book. Stray finds of coins reflect the number in circulation, their distribution and, until c. 850, coin imports. They also indicate the possible location of markets. A fundamental reform of the coinage c. 973 proved to be the start of a sophisticated system of monetsry control that lasted until the twelfth century. Improved methods of estimating the productivity of mints casts welcome light on the eleventh-century economy and the profitability of trade with Germany. Although Domesday Book is an unsatisfactory guide to many details of the economy, it confirms numismatic evidence that England was remarkably prosperous in 1066.

Keywords:   forms of wealth, coins, Domesday Book, imports, markets, Anglo-German trade, mints

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