Digital coin exhibition by Dutch and German students

Eighteen Dutch and German Master students and PhD candidates have jointly created a digital exhibition on ancient and early modern coins and medallions on the website Things That Talk.

In spring 2022, eighteen Dutch and German Master students and PhD candidates gathered in Rome for the course Faces of Power: Coinage as a Historical Source in the Roman and Early Modern Period, a collaboration between the National Research School in Classical Studies in the Netherlands (OIKOS), the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR) and the German Archaeological Institute Rome (DAI Rom). The course focuses on the use of ancient and early modern coins and medallions as historical sources. An enthusiastic teaching team - including Erika Manders and Marleen Termeer (Radboud Institute for Culture & History) - guided the students in creating 'stories' about ancient and early modern coins and medallions for a wide audience.

In accessible language and with attractive visuals, the students present a selection of nine coins and medallions from the Dutch National Numismatic Collection and the Staatliche Münzsammlung München. In this way, they not only demonstrate the enormous potential of coins as historical sources, but above all they make it clear how fun and fascinating it is to study this material. The final result of the course - an area on the Things That Talk website about Faces of Power on ancient and early modern coins and medallions - can be seen here.

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