Debasement

Debasement

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Debasement is the practice of lowering the value of currency. It is particularly used in connection with commodity money such as gold or silver coins. A coin is said to be debased if the quantity of gold, silver, copper or nickel is reduced. For example, the value of the denarius in Roman currency gradually decreased over time as the Roman government altered both the size and the silver content of the coin. Originally, the silver used was nearly pure, weighing about 4.5 grams. From time to time, this was reduced. During the Julio-Claudian dynasty, the denarius contained approximately 4 grams of silver, and then was reduced to 3.8 grams under Nero. The denarius continued to shrink in size and purity, until by the second half of the third century, it was only about 2% silver, and was replaced by the argenteusshow more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 168g
  • Cel Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6134922447
  • 9786134922449