Valued relations: coin dies as actants

Author(s): Nanouschka Myrberg Burström

Year: 2013


In present-day Scandinavia a coinage was introduced c. AD 995 which imitated contemporary Anglo-Saxon coins. For more than thirty years the English and Scandinavian coinages were closely connected. Humans (commissioners, moneyers, artisans) and objects (e.g. coin-dies) moved between the mints. Coinage is often seen as articulating sovereign rights in a certain area, but the Anglo-Scandinavian coinage network instead cut across kingdoms from west to east. Despite ongoing state-formation processes, key valuables like artisans and dies were shared in the network, causing change in power relations and conceptions of value. By use of different ‘international’ iconographical models, they also created relations with cognitive nodes through association. Imitations are often depreciated out from present notions of authenticity. Here, the material’s creative and hybrid character is instead underlined, shifting focus to object agency and opening up for a deeper understanding of their wider connotations and meanings.

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Valued relations: coin dies as actants. Nanouschka Myrberg Burström. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428211)


actant Coinage Creative relation

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Sweden Western Europe

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Spatial Coverage

min long: 11.113; min lat: 55.34 ; max long: 24.167; max lat: 69.06 ;

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PaperId(s): 295