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"Moneta Regis pro Sclavonia" from Mekiš-Zgruti hoard


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Štefan, Luka. (2018). "Moneta Regis pro Sclavonia" from Mekiš-Zgruti hoard. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Archaeology. [mentor Azinović Bebek, Ana].

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The term 'banovac' has been known in literature since the late 19th and the early 20th centuries, when Ćiro Truhelka published his capital work Slavonski banovci: prinos hrvatskoj numismatici in 1897. This type of coin has been sporadically described since that time, usually in the form of short scientific articles and syntheses. Denars produced under Duke Nikola Omodeii were not publicly known during that time. Rather, they were attributed to the reign of King Bela IV, almost 100 years before their actual time, until the discovery of the Mekiš – Zgruti hoard. Denars or ‘banovci’ from the hoard are characterized by a poor and superficially made obverse and reverse, and especially legend in contrast to previous mints, which will be thoroughly analysed in the paper. The overall aim of this paper is to remind the scientific and general public of the importance of this autonomous coinage from the region of Slavonia in Croatia which was used as a payment method in that area during the 13th and 14th centuries. Also, by taking into consideration the Mekiš – Zgruti hoard, this paper will give insight on just one small part of the hundred-year history of the minting of ‘banovac’ coins which in turn served as a foundation for the modern currency: the Croatian Kuna.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: banovac, Mekiš – Zgruti, late medieval mints, Nikola Omodeii, Slavonia, denarii banales, coinage, numismatics
Subjects: Archaeology
Departments: Department of Archaeology
Supervisor: Azinović Bebek, Ana
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2019 13:11
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2019 13:11

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