This volume documents recent efforts to track the transformation and trajectory of silver during the early modern period, from its origins in ores located on either side of the Atlantic to its use as currency in the financial centres of continental Europe. As a point of comparison, copper mining and its monetary use in the early modern Atlantic World will also be considered. Contributors rely mainly on economic and economic history methodologies, complemented by geographical and cultural history approaches. The use of novel software applications as tools to explain economic-historical episodes is also detailed.
Renate Pieper is Professor at the University of Graz, Austria. Her main fields of research are early modern economic and cultural history, the Spanish Empire and its European connections, especially cultural exchange, communication media and networks, mining, prices and state finances
Claudia de Lozanne Jefferies is Senior Lecturer in Economics at City University of London, UK. Her main fields of research are monetary and financial history.
Markus Denzel is Professor and Chair of Social and Economic History at the University of Leipzig, Germany. His main fields of research are international payments, the role of money and bills, and currency history.