Opulens moneta. Nuove considerazioni sulla sede della zecca romana e medievale di Mediolanum

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Opulens coin. New considerations on the seat of the Roman and medieval Mediolanum mint

Alessandro Bona

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] The history of the Mediolanum mint, between phases of industriousness and inactivity, dates back to the 4th century BC. and 1892. As regards the places where coins were minted, the only well-known and widely documented locations are those of modern and contemporary age, when the ateliers in via Zecca Vecchia (1474-1778) and via della Moscova (1778-1892). The location of the operating mints before the Sforza period was instead the subject of a long debate, as the sources, documentary or material, which would allow the locations to be located within the topography of Mediolanum, are all circumstantial in nature. Therefore, not only the insubre atelier remains to be identified, but also those from the Roman, late antiquity, early medieval and municipal periods. In this contribution I will try to provide new interpretations and perspectives to the vexata quaestio of the location of the Roman and medieval mint: after having fully re-examined the data collected in over a century of research, deriving from archival, antiquarian and toponymic sources, archaeological, urban planning and numismatics, I will propose some clarifications and develop new considerations. The main limitation in the studies that have so far dealt with the subject lies in the absence of an overall reading of the set of traces which, if examined sectorally, appear insufficient to reach any conclusion, while they seem to converge in the same direction when they are submitted. to a global vision. This analysis therefore seems to corroborate the hypothesis, advanced for the first time by Attilio De Marchi in 1917, which identified the seat of the Roman age atelier, perhaps having continuity in use in the Middle Ages, in a building brought to light in 1908 in via Moneta, at the Mediolanum forum.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Opulens coin. New considerations on the seat of the Roman and medieval Mediolanum mint
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)235-276
Number of pages42
JournalRIVISTA ITALIANA DI NUMISMATICA E SCIENZE AFFINI
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Mediolanum
  • Zecca

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