August 16, 2012 – Michael Märcher, Curator at the Coin and medal cabinet of the National museum of Denmark, has published a comprehensive and important work on the Royal mints of Altona and Copenhagen in the 19th century.
Michael Märcher, De kongelige møntsteder i Altona og København 1813-1873. Teknik og produktion. University of Southern Denmark Studies in History and Social Sciences 447. Syddansk Universitetsforlag, Odense, 2012. 350 p., coloured images, hardcover. ISBN: 978-87-7674-637-7. 398 DKK (approx. 53 Euro).
During the discussed epoch between 1813 and 1873 coin minting was increasingly industrialised. Unfortunately works on this topic are astonishingly rare.
Michael Märcher closes that gap for the situation in Denmark. After a depiction of the organisation of the two mints in Altona and Copenhagen he gives a very comprehensive and really impressive view on the technical aspects of minting. The last part of the book analyses the political influence that led to the vanishing of private issues in the second half of the 19th century when the state claimed the coining monopoly and enforced it.
To all curious readers the book gives at hand a virtually endless mass of data, however organised in a very reasonable way in a bibliography, striking tables and appendices.
You can purchase the book writing an e-mail.
This is the publisher’s website.
And here you get to the website of the National museum of Denmark.