Numismatics : Middle Ages and Modern Times

lhart2270  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Numismatics : Middle Ages and Modern Times
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2019-2020
SOMEBODY; van Heesch Johan;
A good knowledge of the history of the Western world.
Main themes
Introduction to the study of monetary documents of the Middle Ages and Modern Era and examination of recognition criteria (striking, metal, weight, legend, iconography, circulation). Application to our former principalities and study of ateliers. Study of money as dating method in archaeology and links to lectures on archive sources, history of techniques, and economic history.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

  • To analyse the different monetary systems in their economic, social and political context.
  • To be able to make a correct inventory of numismatic collections.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
  •  Numismatics and monetary history, followed by a presentation of numismatic sources.
  •  The work methods (study of dies, weight, metals, hoards, coins from excavations).
  • History of money from the Middle Ages and the Modern Era (the Later Empire-Byzantium, the Merovingians, the Carolingian denarius, the feudal denarius, the transformations of the " XIIIth century " (1160-1330), bimetallism and its consequences (1330-1500), the era of the silver thaler (XVth-XVIIth centuries.)
  • The art of medals : technical and artistic aspects, from the Renaissance till the XXth century. 
Teaching methods
Essentially lectures with a visit to the Coin Cabinet of Brussels and another one to the collections of the UCL.
 Identification exercice of determination of numismatic objects.
Evaluation methods
Assessment : oral.
Other information
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [60] in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Master [120] in History