Documents and Studies on 19th c. Monetary History
Ministère des Finances et de l'Agriculture et du Commerce, Conseil Supérieur du Commerce, de l'Agriculture et de l'Industrie, Enquête sur la question monétaire
Georges Depeyrot, ed.
This series of volumes Documents and Studies on 19th c. Monetary History aims to republish the main documents related to the question of bimetallism at the end of the 19th century. The series will include several sub-series devoted to the International Monetary Conferences held in various capitals during the second half of the century and to the specific situation of different countries (i.e. India, Japan, United States of America, China, etc.), since the question of monetary systems was a global question. It will also include specific studies on monetary questions and on monetary history.
The scientific community will thus have access to the enormous collection of statistics, analyses, and discussions, on and around the question of gold and silver coinages. These documents will be useful to specialists of the 19th century but also to all specialists of monetary history and in particular to those studying the question of the ratio between gold and silver and the question of gold or silver standard, which are common to all periods.
The Enquête sur la question monétaire, took place in 1869 and 1870, but was only published in 1872 due to the Commune and the situation in Paris. The Enquête was focused on a possible 25-francs gold coin; on the adoption of the gold-standard; on the demonetisation of the silver 5-francs coins. The best economists and scientists participated to the hearing, Clément Juglar, Charles Le Touzé, Ernest Seyd, le Baron de Rothschild, Louis Wolowski, etc., and many foreigners.
The discussions present a complete analysis of the economic situation and coin circulation in Europe, all the economic theories, and the debates on bimetallism. All the discussions and documents were published in detail, in French.
The second volume includes the Procès-verbaux of the Paris Conférence monétaire internationale held in 1867, and some other major documents.
Georges Depeyrot, ed.