Nonfiction Note: Money

Money in Italy during the Renaissance, not a topic I thought I’d write about but I found it interesting in the introduction to The Family Medici by Mary Hollingsworth.

In Florence, lira were the silver-based coinage for everyday purchases. Florins (gold coinage) were used for bigger financial stuff, like dowries and international trade (9).

The author brings this up because before the unification of Italy, different city-states would have different money.

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