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The Heritage of Money and Coinage: Multiple Approaches to Ancient Coins and Economies

Explore the heritage, legacy and impact of pre-modern coinage and means of exchange on today’s society in this hands-on course including site seminars and trainings

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CIVIS focus area
Society, culture, heritage
Open to
  • Master's
  • Phd
Field of studies
  • Art, Design and Media
  • Social Science and humanities
  • Short-term
  • CIVIS Hub 2
Course dates
21 March - 22 April 2022

Header photo credit: Andreas Bürklmair/Kunstsammlungen & Museen Augsburg

Master's and PhD students will gather for an intensive research-driven educational module on numismatic (monetary) material, methodology and theory, and related heritage issues, over a 5-week period of time. The course includes online and on-site activities.

Main topics addressed

  • Money and coinage - a scholarly topic of highest relevance for society and perfectly suited to be studied interdisciplinary, applying diachronic and intercultural perspectives.
  • The heritage and deep impact of pre-modern coinage and means of exchange on most areas of today’s society (economy, social life, literature, museums, private collecting, and more)
  • Coin’s legacy and role within heritage management and of the roles for physical means of payment that we see changing at present.
  • A brief overview of monetary history, presentation of some central materials, and of central methods applied within the field.
  • The cultural-historical and physical contexts of coins, including archaeological retreivement (this includes an on-site seminar at excavations in Rome)
  • Practical handling of pre-modern coins (including hands-on excercises in museum collections).

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students should demonstrate:

  • General acquaintance with numismatic and related material, including research history, theory, method and heritage management issues
  • Understanding and analysis of the legacies of coins within social, economic and cultural spheres
  • Knowledge of material management
Dates: 21 March - 22 April 2022 ECTS: 5*
Duration of the course: 3 weeks Language: English (B1)
N° of CIVIS scholarships: 8 Format: Blended

This blended mobility course is organised in two parts:

  • A series of online lectures and seminars
  • Three to five days in Rome, Italy

The course includes digital classroom lectures, a face-to-face part in Rome, a scientific excursion, and hands-on seminars in museums. 

The course will cover all circa three weeks of effective study time (5 ECTS), carried out over a five-week period of time, that can be credited by students to their curriculum in agreement with their home university*. 


Applicants should be Master's or PhD students at one of the CIVIS member universities, enrolled in the following fields of studies:  Archaeology, Classical Studies, History, Economic History, Art history, Numismatics, or related.

Students from non-CIVIS member universities are also invited to apply, but will not be eligible for CIVIS mobility funding and must therefore arrange their own costs.

A B1 level of English is required.

Application process

Applicants should send their application by  21 December 2021 to

The application e-mail should include the following: 

  • A CV with contact details (max 500 words/2 pp)
  • A motivation letter (max 500 words) with the following information: 
    • Your interest in the topic “The Heritage of Money and Coinage: Multiple Approaches to Ancient Coins and Economies”
    • Your previous experience with the subject matter/s
    • How you envisage connecting your ongoing or planned master or doctoral work with the theme of the spring school
    • Why the course would help you to achieve your goals within your ongoing or planned master or doctoral project

Selected students will be notified on approximately 10 January 2022.


The learning outcomes will be demonstrated through hands-on exercises, participation in discussions online and onsite, and a written individual project submission (3–5 pages).

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Teachers from Sapienza Università di Roma, Stockholm University and the University of Tübingen will bring broad expertise from different strands of scholarship and research traditions, offering a strong educational horizon. The event will also reach out to society to address and include non-specialist audiences from outside universities.

Nanouschka M. Burström

Nanouschka M. Burström is Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor at the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies at Stockholm University, in Sweden. She specialises in Viking and Medieval studies and in numismatics.

Stefan Krmnicek

Stefan Krmnicek is Junior Professor for Ancient Numismatics at the Institute of Classical Archaeology at University of Tübingen, and Curator of Coins and Medals at the Museum of the University of Tübingen MUT. His research focuses on the study of money and coinage at the interface between archaeology, numismatics, anthropology, and sociology.

Annalisa Polosa

Annalisa Polosa is Associate Professor at the Department of Classical Studies at the Sapienza Università di Roma. She specialises in numismatics and archaeology of the Classical period.