The Origins Of The Silver Used To Make Early Medieval Coins Had Long Been A Mystery, But Researchers Have Now Been Able To Trace This Precious Metal Back To Two Different Sources

The silver from the later coins dating from A.D. 750 to 820 was mined from Melle in France. The use of silver from this source increased significantly, especially after early medieval ruler Charlemagne reformed coinage in A.D. 793.

Charlemagne was a Frankish king and later became an emperor who reigned over Western Europe in the late 8th and early 9th centuries.

The shift to silver mined from Melle was driven by political and administrative forces. It also shows that English kingdoms were becoming more dependent on the Frankish, a group of neighboring Germanic peoples who lived in western and central Europe during the early medieval period.

Overall, the new research emphasizes the importance, versatility, and popularity of the silver coin. Compared to the gold ones that came before it, silver coins were much more abundant.

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