Long Table 102. Numismatics and Sensitive History: Perception of Iconography in Modern Times

By Emma Pratte

While studying iconography on coins is a major pillar of ancient numismatics, it has been curiously ignored for modern and contemporary periods, especially in Europe. Because coins are seen as common and usual objects, representations are often rather simple and aim to transmit messages easily understood by the public. However, the interpretation users make about this imagery tells us a lot about their cultural environment, their state of mind, and their world perception. From coin engravers incorporating the visual memory of the Mexica religion into Spanish royal symbolism to mocking Parisians wanting to see representations of female genitalia on gold louis, this lecture will review the numerous research directions still to be explored.