Re: [sca_moneyer] Grunal Moneta
- At 11:25 PM 8/25/2003 -0400, Magnus wrote:
> Happened on this today. Doesn't look too old.Over the years, I have minted a couple of types for weddings myself. The
> http://www.grunal.com/ A moneyer and jeweler.
> Coins for wedding tokens no less. :)
only limit on what people can commission coins, medals and tokens for is
> Some entertaining stuff on his pages.Grunal has made helpful input to this sca moneyers list, although we
> A member of Regia Anglorum in England.
haven't heard from him recently.
> History of minting (struck coins mayIn Greek Coins and Their Values, David Sear said, "Recent interpretation of
> have started in Lydia about 700 BC...
the rather meagre evidence available would seem to indicate that the
earliest developments took place some time in the third quarter of the
seventh century b.c." That would be a quarter to a half a century later
>...but the Chinese were casting coins more than 500 years earliet).Traditional Chinese history has claimed that they invented coins around
1000BCE, but modern historians generally regard the Shang Dynasty and its
'history' as largely mythical. The Chinese were certainly casting metal
objects in the Shang period, but the monetary function of any such objects
before the 7th century BCE is dubious at best.
It is particularly interesting that the first artifacts that were
indisputably manufactured with the intention of their having monetary
function, both in the East and the West (also including the punch marked
flat [square or rectangular] silver 'karshapanas' of India, all began
within a period of about one human life span in the 7th century BCE. The
first works of philosophy also date from exactly the same period in each of
those cultures, suggesting that these phenomena represent the result of
human consciousness attaining a new level of developement. Even more
interesting is that fundamental differences in the form and concept of both
philosophy and coins in each of these cultures (as well as the near
simultaneity of the 'inventions') argues against diffusion of the ideas
from a single center.