Il quadrato di Aristotele. La moneta nell’edificazione della sovranità e della res publica (XIII-XIV s.)

Autore: Paolo Evangelisti
In: I libri di Viella. 128

Coinage, understood not as money but as numisma, lends itself to being a conceptual object for defining sovereignty: its separability from the person of the princeps, and the limits within which it can be exercised, also in relation to the debate on changes in the value of the currency. Coinage takes upon itself the function-measure of the quality of the relation between the ruler and the community that uses and possesses the minted coins. If the coin represents the sovereign, it is also a representative institution of the political community and the market that utilizes it and, in some texts, it itself possesses a sort of autonomy, a sovereignty of its own, in competition with or overlapping that of the princeps. Also by this means, coinage becomes a tool with which to dematerialize the personal tie between dominus and subject.