Monetary and price development. The Lower Rhine Area in comparison with other European Regions: 1350 to 1800.

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Metz, Rainer (GESIS-Datenarchiv, Köln. Zentrum für Historische Sozialforschung)
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    • Historical Studies Data
  • Abstract

    The Study was part of a research project, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and titled „Monetary history of Central Europe in the late medieval and early modern period” (=Geld- und Währungsgeschichte Mitteleuropas im Spätmittelalter und der frühen Neuzeit). The project’s aim was the most complete reconstruction of the monetary conditions in Central Europe from 1300 to 1800. This task required not only the reappraising of money rates, currency coins, and account systems as complete as possible, but also a description and explanation of the structure of functional coin currency systems (Münzwährungssysteme). Therefore, in this study, an overview is given of data, the structure and development of monetary systems, which were linked with information on price history, whereby the basis of materials is mainly concentrated on the Lower Rhine area and on the Dutch area. The aim of the study is to present the monetary systems and it’s developments of the Lower Rhine Area for preferably long period in a quantitative way. The orientation on the price- and wage history necessitated the reconstruction of consistently time series for the gold- and silver-weight-equivalents of the account systems’ coins. This reconstruction required the consideration of extensive historical sources on monetary history. The reconstruction of the time series are the empirical basis for the translation of nominal price quotations into “gram nobel metal” and for the analysis of the long term development of coin monetary value in the Lower Rhine Area as well. Topics Datatables in the search- and downloadsystem HISTAT: The Datatables in HISTAT are a selection of the archived total data stock of this study. The complete data can be ordered via the “general order form for archive data“ (see The study-number is ZA8055. Information: HISTAT is offered only in German language. Zeitreihen aus dem Textteil (zu den wiedergegebenen Grafiken: Tab. 01 Geld- und Wechselkurse ausgewählter Städte (1300-1815) Ausgewählte Tabellen aus dem Anhang der Publikation: A.3.a Inoffizielle Kurse, Rechengeldwerte und Gold/Silberverhältnis in Köln (1399-1455) A.3.b Inoffizielle Kurse, Rechengeldwerte und Gold/Silberverhältnis in Köln (1464-1527) A.3.c Inoffizielle Kurse, Rechengeldwerte und Gold/Silberverhältnis in Köln (1528-1559) A.3.d Inoffizielle Kurse, Rechengeldwerte und Gold/Silberverhältnis in Köln (1560-1591) A.3.e Inoffizielle Kurse, Rechengeldwerte und Gold/Silberverhältnis in Köln (1592-1651) A.5 Kurse des Goldgulden in Düren, Jülich, Koblenz, Wesel, Köln (1453-1619) A.6 Kurse des Raderalbus in Düren, Jülich, Koblenz und Köln (1453-1620) A.8 Silberfeingewicht der Rechenmark in Aachen und Köln sowie die verschiedenen Wertverhältnisse der Aachener und Kölner Mark (1372-1781)
Temporal Coverage
  • 1334 / 1696
  • 1520 / 1798
Geographic Coverage
  • Historical German lands (-1871) (DQDE)
Sampled Universe
Research area: Aachen.
Sampling Procedure Comment:
Collection Mode
  • Sources: Evaluation of accounts of the city of Aachen.
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Text Unit
    Number of Units: 642
    Number of Variables: 85
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA8055 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Metz, Reiner: Geld, Währung und Preisentwicklung. Der Niederrheinraum im europäischen Vergleich, 1350-1800. Frankfurt, 1990. (Schriften des Instituts für Bankhistorische Forschung; Bd. 14)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 88 | Registration Date: 2010-07-23