Early Medieval Coinage Originates From Ukraine

IMAGMA: Imagines Maiestatis is a Polish-German-Ukrainian interdisciplinary project that aims at tracing back the origins of Early Medieval European coinage.
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In the IMAGMA project, a Polish-German-Ukrainian interdisciplinary research team of archaeologists, numismatists, chemists and physicists examined the origins of coinage in early medieval Europe. Previously, the widely-accepted dating of the emergence of Early Germanic coinage was the late-fifth and sixth centuries, the time when Germanic communities established themselves on the territory of the Western Roman Empire.


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This view has now been fully invalidated by a ground-breaking discovery: the first Germanic coinage in fact dates at least two hundred years earlier, to the second half of the third century, and has its origins in what is now western Ukraine. The film “Ciphers from the Past – IMAGMA” presents these results.


You will find more information on the IMAGMA project on their website.

One of the project coordinators is Aleksander Bursche of Warsaw University.