3rd Edition of Coinage in South-Eastern Europe 820-1396 released

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December 8, 2016 – Written by author D.M. Metcalf, the third augmented edition of “Coinage in South-Eastern Europe 820-1396” has been published. It presents a wide range of different coinages used in south-eastern Europe, including Byzantine, Venetian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Bosnian, and Slavonian, the crusader issues of Frankish Greece, and coins from the cities of the Adriatic coasts, such as Kotor, Split, and Dubrovnik (Ragusa). The evidence of archaeological excavation and of several hundred coin-hoards is explored, in an attempt to assess the commercial, military, and other uses of money on pre-Ottoman times.

D.M. Metcalf, Coinage in South-Eastern Europe 820-1396. Third augmented edition. In English. Demetrius Siatras, Athens, 2016. Hard cover and jacket, 468 pp., 8 plates, 28 cm. ISBN: 978-618-82459-4-5. EUR 96.00.

The author’s interest in south-eastern Europe was first aroused in 1954 when, as un undergraduate, he studied the geography of the area. He has subsequently made several visits to the former Yugoslavia and Greece, in order to work on the coins in museums in Athens, Corinth, Ljubljana, Thessaloniki, and Zagreb.

The present work originated in an essay which was awarded the Society’s Parkes Weber Prize in 1955. From it, there grew a Ph.D. thesis at Cambridge. Then, was published as a book under the title Coinage in the Balkans, 820-1355, by the Institute for Balkan Studies (1965). The edition was exhausted in 1966, and the book was ‘pirated’ in the United States. After that the text had been extensively re-written and expanded, to take account of the hundreds of new books, articles and hoard-reports; its scope had also been extended, to deal with the second half of the fourteenth century, and with Wallachia; so, a second revised edition emerged under the slightly changed title, “Coinage in South-Eastern Europe, 820-1396” (Royal Numismatic Society, 1979).

To the current third edition a new extensive introduction and an Appendix have been added, while the new bibliographical references have been incorporated into those of the previous editions.

More information is available in D.M. Metcalf’s entry on academia.edu.

And this is the website of publisher Demetrius Siatras.