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Prosopography of the Mint Officials

Prosopography of the Mint Officials

From Dispersed Data to Organized Information

The idea of this project saw the light in the early 2000s, in the context of research on the mint of Maccagno Inferiore. The need to classify the names of the identified mint masters and their working relationships in other workshops led to the development, in 2002, of a database – named Eligivs – for a structured recoding of the wide set of inhomogeneous data on people working in mints or related to a mint activity.

Since its first version (1.0), the database has been designed to manage personnel data of any mint, from antiquity to the present day, to easily analyse labour relations in the various mints, workers’ movements and mint marks.

The following year, further developments were made to create a new version of the database (2.0) that would allow interfacing with the web, thus broadening the consultation of its data.

Almost two decades after its first implementation, the database has been redesigned so that it now allows full data management via the web. Improvements include easier navigation between different sections of the database and a more advanced system for storing mint mark data.

The new Eligivs 3.0 is now online. The database currently manages 6,000+ officials from 450+ distinct mints and is currently accessible on this website.


Congress presentations and posters

Congress Monete in rete, Bologna, May 22nd 2003. Paper titled Un database per il personale di zecca: il progetto Eligivs e la Guida per la storia delle zecche italiane (with L. Travaini) (view presentation | read paper)

XIV International Numismatic Congress, Glasgow, August 31st – September 3rd 2009. Poster titled A prosopography of the mint officials. The Eligivs database and its evolution (view poster | read paper)