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Title: The Metallurgy of Roman Silver Coinage: From the Reform of Nero to the Reform of Trajan
Author: Butcher, Kevin Matthew Ponting
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2014
Hardcover; ISBN: 9781107027121
Volumes: 1; Pages: 848
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The fineness of Roman imperial and provincial coinage has been regarded as an indicator of the broader fiscal health of the Roman Empire, with the apparent gradual decline of the silver content being treated as evidence for worsening deficits and the contraction of the supply of natural resources from which the coins were made. This book explores the composition of Roman silver coinage of the first century AD, re-examining traditional interpretations in the light of an entirely new programme of analyses of the coins, which illustrates the inadequacy of many earlier analytical projects. It provides new evidence for the supply of materials and refining and minting technology. It can even pinpoint likely episodes of recycling old coins and, when combined with the study of hoards, hints at possible strategies of stockpiling of metal. The creation of reserves bears directly on the question of the adequacy of revenues and fiscal health.Table of ContentsPart I. General Introduction:1. Roman silver coinage and monetary history2. Roman silver coins and monetary stability3. A science on the margins of numismatics: the history of metrological and metallurgical studies4. Metrology and hoard analysis5. The issues of 'fineness', of instrumental analysis and of data quality6. Metallography and the production of denarius blanks7. The material sampledPart II. The Denarius:8. The Julio-Claudian background9. The reforms of Nero, AD 64?6810. The Civil Wars, AD 68?69: Rome11. The Western denarii of the Civil Wars12. From Vespasian to the reform of Domitian, AD 69?8213. The reforms of Domitian14. From Nerva to the reform of Trajan, AD 96?9915. The denarius: summary and conclusionsPart III. Provincial Silver Coinages:16. Cistophori of Asia17. Other provincial silver of Asia Minor18. Caesarea in Cappadocia19. Syria20. Egypt21. Provincial silver coinages: summary and conclusions22. Summary of conclusions.