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The role of Spain is well known. After a wealthy period during Antiquity, Spain was divided between the Christian and Islamic dominations. Later, the kings ruled the complete territory. Spain is known for its role in the discovery of the New World whose precious metals were transformed in coins, mainly in Sevilla.

The end of the arrivals caused a major period of copper inflation. Spain ruled a large part of Europe and its coins were largely spread. The importance of the written documents make Spain a very important participant member in this application.


UNED logo UNED is the leader university in distance learning in Spain. In fact, UNED is the biggest Spanish university (around 180.000 students, 1400 academic staff). It offers a wide range of degrees and masters studies, as well as PhD programmes. The main campus is located in Madrid (with 7 faculties and an engineering and computing sciences schools), but it also covers most Spanish regions, by the so-called associated UNED regional centres, where students receive information, tutorials, online lectures and have access to other educational and teaching services (library, computer labs, …). UNED is also represented in Europe, Africa and America by partnerships with other educational institutions, such as Cervantes Institute, which allows international students get involve in this university. In the last ten years, UNED has adopted new distance learning teaching techniques to provide online tools to help students and teachers achieve high quality educational standards. › Website

Dr Juan E. Castañeda Fernández Dr Juan E. Castañeda FernándezBorn in Madrid, 1974. Degree in Economics (Economic Analysis) and PhD in Economics, both at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
My main area of research is money and central banking. In this field, I have studied the current structure of the European Monetary Union (EMU), as well as the monetary strategy of the European Central Bank (ECB). In this regard, as a co-author of quarterly reports (with Prof. P. Schwartz), I have collaborated with the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (European Parliament) from 2007 to 2009 in the development of the so-called monetary dialogue with the ECB. In 2009 I have also joined a panel of academics commissioned by the European Parliament to write a study on the potential flaws of the monetary strategy developed by the ECB. As the launch and conduction of the euro involves fiscal and monetary issues, I have developed my research on the fiscal rules adopted in Europe. In this area, in the last four years, I have also studied the conduction of Spanish monetary policy under metallic systems from 1868 to 1914, and the Bank of Spain reaction to the 1929’s international crisis.

As the euro is already shared by 16 European countries, the understanding of current monetary issues in Europe requires an international perspective; thus EMU COST project will provide an excellent framework for academics from all over Europe to research on different questions related to the problems of EMU. To do so, this project comprises a broad academic perspective, which includes the analysis of historical episodes of monetary unions in Europe, as well as the analysis the theoretical pros and cons of the current structure of EMU. In this regard, I can contribute to the project by studying the Spanish monetary experience in previous crises and incorporating the economic analysis to the understanding of monetary affairs in Europe during the recent major economic and financial crisis. › Personal Page

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

CSIC logo Largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. Belonging to the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through the Secretary of State for Research, its main objective is to develop and promote research that will help bring about scientific and technological progress, and it is prepared to collaborate with Spanish and foreign entities in order to achieve this aim.
CSIC plays an important role in scientific and technological policy, since it encompasses an area that takes in everything from basic research to the transfer of knowledge to the productive sector. CSIC has 6% of all the staff dedicated to Research and Development in Spain, and they generate approximately 20% of all scientific production in the country. It also manages a range of important facilities; the most complete and extensive network of specialist libraries, and also has joint research units.

Its multidisciplinary and multisectorial nature means CSIC covers all fields of knowledge. Its activity is organised around eight scientific-technical areas:
Area 1. humanities and social sciences
Area 2. biology and biomedicine
Area 3. natural resources
Area 4. agricultural sciences
Area 5. physical science and technologies
Area 6. materials science and technology
Area 7. food science and technology
Area 8. chemical science and technology

The Centre for Human and Social Sciences (CCHS) arises from the integration of the seven institutes from the Area of Humanities and Social Sciences located in Madrid, which were originally based in different places and were finally moved to a general base in c/Albasanz (Madrid).
It is, therefore, a newly created centre, with an internal structure of service, support and laboratory units aimed at stimulating research. The objective of the Centre for Human and Social Sciences is to implement transversal programmes of research combining different and complementary approaches, which may have a stimulating effect on the Spanish R&D system.

Finally, the research personnel belong to the seven institutes integrating the CCHS, i.e:
- Institute of History
- Institute of Philosophy
- Institute of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
- Institute of Language, Literature and Anthropology
- Institute of Economy, Geography and Demography
- Institute of Documentary Studies on Science and Technology
- Institute for Public Goods and Policies
The researcher Elena María García Guerra belongs to Institute of History. › See letter of support (.pdf) › Website

Dra. Elena María Garcia Guerra Dra. Elena María Garcia GuerraSenior Researcher at the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC., Madrid), since 2006. Her areas of expertise are monetary policy in Early Modern Castile (fiscal origins of the Austria’s monetary policy, its ideological justification and its economic and social repercussions in Europe). For the last two years the focus of research has been on how the credit worked in Castile and its effects on everyday life, paying special attention to Madrid, as the capital of the Spanish Monarchy.
Her training and professional experience are : Degree in Geography and History, University Complutense of Madrid (UCM) 1989. Ph.D. in History, UCM, 1997. From 1990 to 1996 she was Research Fellow at the Institute of History of CSIC. From 1998 to 2000 Visiting Scholar at the Commercial University “Luigi Bocconi” of Milan (Italy). From 2001 to 2004 Research Fellow at the Institute of History (Madrid) and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales of Paris (France). From 2004 to 2006 awarded fellowships I3P and Ramón y Cajal, at CSIC. Visiting scholar at University of Rome III and Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) in may 2007 and march-may 2009.
Her research experience are : from 2006 to 2009, she was Principal Investigator in two research projects on Castilian capital markets during Early Modern History, and currently leads a project about the interaction between theoretical discourse and economic practice concerning the achievement and conservation of wealth in Seventeenth Century Spain, sponsored by the Spanish Education and Science Ministry and the CSIC.
From 1989 to 2010, she has given twenty-five papers at different national and international conferences, in which she has focus on the members of the Castilian Courts’ thinking concerning monetary policy, on the origin and evolution of certain administrative and mercantile occupations, and on the relation between monetary manipulations and economic development of Castile.

The euro is a centripetal force whose purpose is to reinforce the citizens of Europe's sense of belonging to a common European identity. However, the main objective of COST is based on the analysis of each European monetary systems in force during centuries in order to see how they have influenced people’s psychology and vocabulary, consumer habits, and economic references. This influence may even go up to change the vocabulary used by the inhabitants of these countries. For these reasons and scientific objectives I am very interested in participating in this important project. › Personal Page

Friends of the Segovia Mint Association.

Friends of the Segovia Mint Association logo The Association which since its creation in 1993, has spearheaded the restoration of the famous Segovia Mint for its conversion into a living and working museum workshop for the coining technologies. Having participated as partner in the European Project EuroMint (2000-2002), the Association currently heads up the Coining Technology Heritage Project, jointly with partners in Germany and France. President and founder, Dr. Glenn Murray, as technical director of the Royal Segovia Mint Foundation, authored the “General Museum Project” which has served as a guideline for the restoration of the complex built in 1583. Today the Segovia Mint is considered the “world’s oldest and most advanced, complete and still-standing, manufacturing plant for in-series mechanical production of millions of identical high precision products”– coins. › See letter of support (.pdf) › Website

Dr Glenn MURRAY Dr Glenn MURRAYA native Californian, Dr. Murray has resided in Segovia, Spain for the past 23 years to investigate and promote the historic Segovia Mint. Top winner in 2009 of the “European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award”, he has also received over a dozen local awards and recognitions for his efforts to save the Mint. With a grant from the Spanish Mint for over 6 years, Murray has poured through thousands of bundles, document by document, searching for and cataloguing the history of Spanish coinage, mints, minting, and monetary policy, of the 16th to 19th centuries. He is currently researching old minting machinery and documenting all historic currently standing mint buildings in locations around Europe.

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid The Department of Economic History and Institutions aims to constitute a dynamical reference point in teaching and research in economic history, making institutional analysis and comparative analysis on long term economic change. The international faculty profile explains the variety and quality of its research and its interest in a comparative approach. Our group maintains a regular exchange with professors from all the world, and has actively participated in the organization of national and international conferences, and has been celebrating since 1990 an international seminar in Economic History, which may account as one of the most prestigious in Europe. › Website

Pr Carlos Álvarez–Nogal Pr Carlos Álvarez–NogalAssociate Professor and Director of PhD Economic History Program at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Visiting Scholar at Social Science History Institute in Stanford University (2000-2002) and Paris School of Economics (EHESS) (2007). He is awarded with the PI3 Fellowship Program (MCI-Spain) (2010-2012).

His field of research is about the Early Modern Spanish Economic History. Many of his publications and working papers are focused in financial and monetary issues, growth and development of economic institutions in Early Modern Castile. He published with Prof. Leandro Prados de la Escosura “The Decline of Spain (1500-1850): Conjectural Estimates” in European Review of Economic History (2007) and both are working about the economic growth of Spain in the very long-run. He is also researching with Prof. Christophe Chamley about the Spanish Monarchy´s public debt in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Since the last 10 years he is involved in different researching national and international programs (HIPOD-FP7, EUROCORES ESF Dynamic Complexity of Cooperation-based Self-organizing Commercial Networks in the First Global Age Dyncoopnet, etc.) › Personal Page

Watch this short presentation by Carlos Álvarez–Nogal ›

Dr Pilar Nogues-Marco Dr Pilar Nogues-Marco Assistant Professor, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.Pilar studied the Master in Economic History at the Universitat de Barcelona. Her master-dissertation won the prize of the Asociación Española de Historia Económica for the best article by a young researcher: “Analisis de la deflación española de la primera mitad del siglo XIX: una comparación internacional”, Revista de Historia Económica, 2005. She also wrote several articles with Yolanda Blasco on Spanish financial history in the 19th century.
In January 2010 she awarded her PhD degree in International Finance at Sciences-Po, Paris: “Bullionism, specie point mechanism and bullion flows in the early 18th century Europe” (supervised by Marc Flandreau). Her PhD-dissertation has been nominated to the Gerschenkron prize of the Economic History Association, awarded annually for the best dissertation on non-North American topics (September 2010).
From 2005-2010 she joined Marc Flandreau’s research group: Développement financier, regulation et mondialisation 1400-1800 at Sciences-Po, Paris. She wrote with M. Flandreau, C. Jobst and C. Galimard “The Bell Jar: Commercial Interest Rates between Two Revolutions, 1688-1789”, in Jeremy Atack and Larry Neal (ed.), The Origins and Development of Financial Markets and Institutions. From the Seventeenth Century to the Present, Cambridge University, 2009; and “Monetary Geography before the Industrial Revolution”, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 2009. She also wrote with. VamMalle “East India bonds, 1718-1763: early exotic derivatives and London market efficiency”, European Review of Economic History, and was awarded with the Figuerola prize to best article 2007-2009 by the European Historical Economic Society.

Currently she is researching monetary and financial history in the Early Modern period. Her interests focus on international monetary integration and the development of financial instruments. The COST project is a really interesting international network for the aims of her research. Additionally, she has recently joined to two research projects of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, Crisis financieras: pasado, presente y futuro. España y la economía internacional ¿Qué hemos aprendido? (led by Pablo Martin Aceña, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Madrid) and Nueva banca y burguesía financiera. Los bancos locales de emisión en España, 1844-1874 (led by Carles Sudrià, Universitat de Barcelona).

Department of Modern History of the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM).

Complutense Unicersity of Madrid logo The Department of Modern History of the Complutense University of Madrid is the largest institution in Spain about this period. It has more than 20 professors specialized in political, social, cultural or economic history of Spain and Spanish Monarchy between XVIth-XVIIIth centuries.
Whole Department includes a long experience of researching in different areas of interest for European evolution. Professors of this Department have been recognized with more than fifty research awards (“sexenios de investigación”) from ANECA. Our journal, Cuadernos de Historia Moderna, is one of the most prestigious publications from an international point of view. › Website

David Alonso García Pr. David Alonso GarcíaDavid Alonso García. Ph. Assistant Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid, Department of Modern History. His area of expertise includes fiscal history and financial networks during XVIth, both in Spain and Europe. He is principal investigator in DynCoopNet network (managed by Drs. J. W. Owens and A. Crespo), supported by European Science Foundation, where the key topic attends to the role of cooperation within merchant networks.
Currently he leads a research project for using GIS technologies in order to analyze Castilian tax system between XVth-XVIth centuries. He organized, with Dra. Ana Crespo, a session in XVth World Economic History Congress (Utrecht, 2009), about Self-organizing networks and Trading Cooperation: GIS tools in the visualization of the Atlantic Economic expansion (1400-1800).
His training and professional experience are : Degree in History, University Complutense (1998) and Ph. in the same university (2004). He has been visiting fellow in the London School of Economics (2000), Università di Roma “La Sapienza” (2001), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA, 2006) and Università di Roma Tre (2010). › Personal Page

Asociación Española de Metales Preciosos.
(Spanish Precious Metal Society).

Spanish Precious Metal Society logo › See letter of support (.pdf) › Website

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