The Other Side of the Money: The Subversive Coin

Albert Estrada-Rius Throughout history, coinage has been one of the expressions of power most highly valued by public authorities. Moreover, by circulating from one hand to another, it became an extraordinarily effective means of propaganda. This explains the care with which rulers have projected images and messages on it. It is such an obvious and…

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Author: Albert Estrada-Rius

Peter of Portugal, King of the Catalans (1464-1466). A cursed prince redeemed by art?

Albert Estrada-Rius Events are a good pretext to commemorate historic events or to remember forgotten characters. This year we are celebrating 550 years of the death of an infant from the royal household of Portugal, called Peter, who ended up reigning in Catalonia between 1464 and 1466 with the name of Peter IV. The context…

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Author: Albert Estrada-Rius

300 years after the death of the Sun King. Art and Power in European Medals

Albert Estrada-Rius We are approaching the conclusion of the exhibition Stories in Metal: Art and Power in European medals. Today we shall be talking about the 300th anniversary of the death of the Sun King, remembered through medals. This autumn France has carried out several initiatives to commemorate, with all pomp and splendour, the 300th…

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Author: Albert Estrada-Rius

Industrial heritage uncovered: the archaeological excavation at La Seca (The Royal Mint of Barcelona) II

In a previous article we looked at the Mint and its location in the most commercial neighbourhood of Barcelona, its implantation in the urban layout of the area and some of the coins that were made there. In this second part, we now have to imagine a steam-powered factory in the middle of the nineteenth…

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Author: Albert Estrada-Rius

An industrial heritage uncovered: the archaeological intervention at la Seca (The Mint) I

Coins minted at la Seca throughout the 19th century: 20 pesetas of the Napoleonic occupation of 1812, back; 20 Reales of Fernando VII of 1822, face; 6 provincial quarters of 1846, back; 100 Reales of Isabel II of 1861, face, and 10 cents of Alfonso XII of 1877, face. Photos: Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya…

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Author: Albert Estrada-Rius