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Islam and the Carolingian penny

We take a closer look at the silver Carolingian penny. The central question here: how is it possible that the empire of Charlemagne, which extended over much of western Europe, had only a monometallic silver coinage. The answer is that this was due not only to the continued influence of the Roman denarius, but also to the political and religious developments taking place from the 7th century onwards.