Coins, Money of Account and Price Movements: The Lower Rhine Region in a European Context: 1350-1800
By Rainer Metz
Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung(HSR), Vol. 16:1 (1991)
Introduction: The focus of this study is the reconstruction and quantitative representation of the money of account systems of the Lower Rhine area and their change in value over the longest period of time possible. The special orientation towards the history of prices and wages requires the statistical reconstruction of gold and silver weight equivalents of the coins of account in consistent time series. The presentation of these fine weight equivalents is not only meant to provide the basic data for converting nominal price figures into grammes of precious metal, but it is also meant to create an empirical data base for the analysis of long-term trends in money of account values in the Lower Rhine area.