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  • Roman Republican Coinage Analysis

    development of coinage as monumental, and analyse whether its political impact was for the purpose of propaganda, or simply as a means of documentation. In the Roman Republic, coinage served as goods themselves, in a system of bartering, not like money used in modern times. Early Roman coins were stamped on the obverse only, serving as a display of the person or city responsible for the minting of each coin. The reverse was introduced as a means of distinguishing each denomination, to indicate the mint or mint-master, or to commemorate an event or personal achievement. Coinage in Rome developed greatly over the Republican period, with alterations made to mints, what was stamped, the materials use, and denominations. It became standard for moneyers to identify themselves on the coins they minted, first by symbol, and then by abbreviation of name, during the Second Punic War. During this time, many new mints were established as new territories were being acquired. Coinage during this period followed rules of conservatism that enforced…

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  • Peter L. Bernstein's The Power Of Gold

    Bernstein's use of Marco Polo's work an example of a primary source, but it is also an example of how he recognized source limitations. In most cases, Bernstein simply used several sources to reduce biases and lessen limitations. However, on page 161, he explicitly stated that the source was not wholly reliable and that there was obvious exaggeration in Polo's writing. Conversely, an example of Bernstein using several sources to support each other can be found on page 158, where he compares…

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