Analysis of 16th to 19th Century Silver Coins

Liesel Anne Gentelli

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Abstract

This thesis demonstrates the application of a number of analytical techniques to the study of silver coins, to determine where,
when and how they were made. Four hundred 16th to 19th century European and Spanish American silver coins from the
Western Australian Museum were analysed using semi-destructive analytical techniques inductively coupled plasma mass
spectrometry (ICP-MS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). This research gives new information about the procurement,
manufacture and trade of silver as a global commodity, and sheds more light on trade between the Americas, Europe and the
Far East at the height of these great maritime empires during the 16th-19th centuries.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Award date13 Oct 2017
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017

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