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The People of Zurich and their Money

Our series ‘The People of Zurich and their Money’ takes you along for the ride as we explore the Zurich of times past. Much like a good DVD, this conversation comes with a sort of ‘making of’ – a little numismatic-historical backdrop to help underscore and illustrate this conversation.

Introduction Part 1
Our series ‘The People of Zurich and their Money’ will present one exciting chapter of Swiss numismatics and economic history at a time. The introduction provides an initial overview in two parts. Follow along in this first section as we trace the evolution of Swiss numismatics from the beginning. Read Part 1 of the Introduction here.

Introduction Part 2
Our occasional series ‘The People of Zurich and their Money’ will present one exciting chapter of Swiss numismatics and economic history at a time. The introduction provides an initial overview in two parts. This second section takes us from the Thirty Years War all the way to the present day. Read Part 2 of the Introduction here.

Part 1: The Celts’ First Contact with Greek Money
In this first chapter, we’ll be eavesdropping on a conversation from the 3rd century BC between a Celtic farmer and his wife. Read Part 1 here.

Part 2: The Customs Station of Turicum
This time, you’ll get a chance to read about two men chatting with one another at the customs station of Turicum at the end of the 2nd century AD. Read Part 2 here.

Part 3: At the Market in Zurich
In this instalment, you’ll get to read a dialogue between a buyer from out of town who’s trying to pay for his purchases in the year 1335. Read Part 3 here.

Part 4: Robber Barons in Zurich?
The year 1371 saw the pinnacle of a crisis for the aristocracy, which was desperately fighting for its economic and political survival. Read Part 4 here.

Part 5: The Soldier’s Wages of Pavia
This time it’s the year 1512 and we’re standing in the chamber of the Abbess of the Fraumünster Abbey. She is hiding a mercenary leader who’s on the run. Read Part 5 here.

Part 6: Can You Put a Price on Salvation?
Around the year 1520, a woman from Zurich attempts to prevent her husband, a master craftsman, from buying an indulgence. Read Part 6 here.

Part 7: The ‘Robbery’ of the Church Silver
There was tension in the air in the autumn of 1526: The reformed Zurich had just expropriated the church on its territory. Read Part 7 here.

Part 8: A technology from Zurich captures the world
Hans Vogler was involved in the promotion of a machine that was to revolutionize minting – but he gained no profit out of it. Read Part 8 here.

Part 9: Burning a woman – 7 pfund 10 shilling
Today, you will learn from Master Hans which price he charged the Säckelmeister (treasurer) in 1701 – for torturing, beheading and burning a woman! Read Part 9 here.

Part 10: The Troublemaker
Today, you will get to know Minister Waser, a know-it-all and troublemaker who made himself a lot of enemies with all his fierce accusations. Read Part 10 here.

Part 11: Ziegler - the soldier millionaire, who would not know him?
Leonhard Ziegler, after going bankrupt, fled to India in 1802 to become one of the country’s richest men – he advised his fellow countrymen to follow his example, to learn English and go abroad. Read Part 11 here.

Part 12: the walled city
In April 1833, a young man explained to his spouse why the Zurich fortifications, on which they took a stroll, had to be battered down under all circumstances. Read Part 12 here.

Part 13: And lead us not into temptation!
On October 1, 1869, bank director Karl Stadler, attended by procurator Heinrich von Wyss, opened the safe of the Union Bank of Switzerland in the Zurich branch. It was empty ... Read Part 13 here.

Part 14: Rich and Poor
This episode is about the different worlds in the year 1887. An American journalist first visited Aussersihl, a suburb of Zurich, and afterwards a businessman in his villa. Read Part 14 here.

Part 15: Migros causes revolution in food retail sector
In this episode you will listen to a Migros seller and a modern housewife talking back in 1925. Read Part 15 here.

To be continued …

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