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7th International Numismatic Conference of the Coin Cabinet of the Royal Library of Belgium

05 October 2024
09:15 - 17:00


05 October 2024
09:15 - 17:00




Putting survival ratios of ancient coinages into perspective

On 5 October 2024, the 7th  International Numismatic Conference of the Coin Cabinet of the Royal Library of Belgium will be organized at the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR) in Brussels. The theme of each of these conferences aims to meet two criteria: 1) to be diachronic, from the beginning of coinage in ancient Greece to the High Middle Ages, 2) to address questions of a truly historical nature, beyond numismatics.

For this 7th edition, we will focus on survival ratios of ancient coinages. Why are some coinages very well documented (with a lot of coins per obverse die) and others very poorly? How are theses survival ratios changing as a result of modern factors, such as the discovery of major treasures, the activity of detectorists, the ever-increasing power of websites such as CoinArchives and ACSearch, etc.? Do these survival ratios organize into geographical or chronological landscapes? Are high survival ratios indicative of a long circulation time? What does this mean from an economic point of view? Are there other aspects that influence this monetary survival rate? These are just some of the questions we would like to see addressed, especially putting them into broad perspective.

It should here be noted that the new Die Studies Database already lists nearly 2,750 die-studies. It offers several functions relating to survival rates: automatic calculation for each coinage assuming an average productivity per coin of 20,000, as well as – conversely – productivity per coin if the survival rate is set at 1 per 2,000 or 1 per 5,000. A glance at the most well-documented coins, for example, reveals that Judea and Sicily are home to an astonishing concentration of very high survival ratios.

The conference will be held in English.


09.15   Reception (Gutenberg entrance) & Coffee
10.00   Welcome & Introduction
10.30 FAUCHER, Thomas

& BODET, Alexandre

Survival rate and die productivity of coinage in Antiquity
11.00 DE CALLATAŸ, François Survival rates in the Greek world: what could be deduced from the Die Studies Database (DSD)?
11.30 – 11.45 COFFEE BREAK
11.45 ARTRU, Jérémy Some considerations on the production, circulation and hoarding of Carthaginian gold and silver coins based on survival ratios (5th-3rd c. BC)
12.15 CARBONE, Federico Survival rates of Cretan silver coins: quantitative data in the light of overstriking and hoarding analyses
12.45 – 14.15 LUNCH
14.15 CARBONE, Lucia


The coinage issued in the years of the Mithridatic years as a case study for a comparison between quantitative data provided by die and hoard studies
14.45 HELLINGS, Bejamin Ancient Coin Production: Seeking Nuances
15.15 VAN HEESCH, Johan The survival rate of exceptional Roman gold and silver denominations  from the High Empire. What do we really know?
15.45 – 16.00 COFFEE BREAK
16.00 BOMPAIRE, Marc Les royaux d’or de Charles VII : fabrications, exemplaires et coins
16.30 Conclusions




Please register here.

Participation fee: 25 euros

Student fee: 15 euros

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This conference is made possible with the financial support of KBR, FWO, FNRS, UGent – Faculty of Arts & Philosophy and the Belgian Royal Numismatic Society.