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The European Association for Banking and Financial History (eabh) e.V.

Archival Workshop

Minting History

Financial History at Face Value

21 Jun 2019 at 11:00am

St. Petersburg, Russia

This  workshop is aimed at minting and financial institutions’ archivists, money museum curators and researchers. The extensive archives of mints are a treasure-trove of information often covering extended periods of time. Yet some of these archival treasures are only accessible to a handful of specialists or remain largely unknown to researchers and the public. This workshop aims to present these materials to a wider audience and make them more accessible to interested researchers and scholars.

Since antiquity, apart from serving as means of payment and store of value, coins also served politically and culturally important functions, representing sovereignty and fashioning identities. Private or public mints, acting in tune with economic development and financial innovation, created coinage that itself is a valuable source of social, political and cultural history.

What is the legacy of these mints’ records? What is their relevance today? Can the use of these records raise public awareness of their relevance for the history of money and finance?What is their research potential? Can they contribute to a wider view on the history of money and payment systems?


10.45 - 11.00 Welcome Coffee & Registration
11.00 - 11.15 Welcome
Andrey Ermolov, Bank of Russia
Gabriella Massaglia, eabh

11.15 - 11-45 Keynote
Nathan Sussmann, Hebrew University Jerusalem
11.45 - 12.45Morning Session
Moderator: Joost Jonker, University of Amsterdam

A numismatic analysis of the Northern Crusader States, and their relationship with Cilician Armenia, Byzantium and Islam, 1098 - 1143
Jack Hanson, Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Coins and empire. Silver coins in the Kingdom of Naples (1556-1622)
Lilia Costabile, University of Naples

Mints as Financial Institutions in Russia, 1650 - 1725
Artem Efimov, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
12.45 - 13.45 lunch
13.45 - 14.30 Afternoon Session
Moderator: Catherine Schenk, University of Oxford

The One Pound Sterling Coin - past, present and future
Kevin Clancy, Royal Mint Museum & Mario Pisani, HM Treasury

The archives of the Paris Mint and their contribution to financial history
Dominique Anterion, Monnaie de Paris
14.30 - 15.30 Money Museums Practical Session
Marta Dulinicz & Adam Skręta, National Bank of Poland
15.30 - 16.30 Visit to the Museum of Bank of Russia
16.30 – 20.00 Guided visit to the Hermitage


21 Jun 2019 at 11:00am to 5:00pm


Bank of Russia
Fontanka river embankment 68

St. Petersburg, Russia

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