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Bracteates – the Thinnest Coins of Monetary History

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Bracteates were doubtless the most curious and interesting types of coins among the pfennigs of the German Middle Ages. Whereas traditional pfennigs bore different images on obverse and reverse, bracteates were minted on one side only. Bracteates were issued for local circulation. The ephemerality of these coins stood in harsh contrast to their high quality.

Bracteates – the Thinnest Coins of Monetary History