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Prof. Rory Naismith holding a silver Byzantine coin in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Photo: Adam Page

An early medieval money mystery is solved

Byzantine bullion fuelled Europe’s revolutionary adoption of silver coins in the mid-7th century, only to be overtaken by silver from a mine in Charlemagne’s Francia a century later, new tests reveal. The findings could transform our understanding of Europe’s economic and political development.

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