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Trade in coinage, Gresham's Law, and the drive to monetary unification: the Holy Roman Empire, 1519-59

Volckart, Oliver (2021) Trade in coinage, Gresham's Law, and the drive to monetary unification: the Holy Roman Empire, 1519-59. Department of Economic History Working Papers (326). London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

Research on premodern monetary unions has so far started out from the idea that such unions were designed to promote trade and economic integration. The present paper demonstrates that this in an anachronistic misconception. Premodern monetary unions were the answer to political and fiscal problems caused by Gresham’s Law in a monetary environment characterised permeable borders and by the increasing integration of currency markets. As integration advanced significantly in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, the regional monetary unions that had been formed in the late medieval Holy Roman Empire were increasingly insufficient to address these problems. This is why the imperial estates were interested in creating and Empire-wide common currency – an aim they reached at the end of the 1550s.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: https://www.lse.ac.uk/Economic-History/Working-Pap...
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2021 11:00
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2021 11:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/109885

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