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Criminals and Coins: Understanding 17th Century Spanish Economy through Counterfeit Currency

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Author: Nina Perdomo

During my time working with the Herencia collection, I have come across a variety of interesting documents. One that has been the most interesting to me, however, is the Brief on behalf Pedro Goyeneche Infanzón in the criminal case for counterfeiting of money filed against him. This document is a highlight of the Herencia collection because it explores the case of Goyeneche while allowing modern readers to gain insight into the economic status of Spain in the 1600s.

Nina Perdomo, “Criminals and Coins: Understanding 17th Century Spanish Economy through Counterfeit Currency,” LIBR. CONGRESS (August 24, 2021). https://blogs.loc.gov/law/2021/08/criminals-and-coins-understanding-17th-century-spanish-economy-through-counterfeit-currency/ 

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