CHANGE: the development of the monetary economy of ancient Anatolia circa 630 - 30 BC

CHANGE is an interdisciplinary project to research the monetary history of ancient Anatolia from the beginning of coinage in the 7th century to the absorption of the region by Rome circa 30 BC. In partnership with the British Museum and the Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, researchers based at the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents will gather the epigraphic and numismatic evidence for the monetary history of Anatolia with a view to creating new research tools and a new history of monetary behaviour of the region where coinage was born.

The CHANGE project will gather, for the first time, the evidence for the development of the monetary economy of ancient Anatolia and, using new digital technology, it will organize this evidence to answer major questions concerning the economic history of this region over the longue durée. A new monetary history of Asia Minor will result, encompassing such broad themes as the origins of coinage, the economies of cities, dynasts and empires and the emergence of fiduciarity.