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La numismatique du camp d’Étaples. La solde au regard des découvertes archéologiques

Abstract : Archaeological excavations at the so-called Boulogne Camp, at Étaples-sur-Mer and at Camiers (Pas-de-Calais), have brought to light a great number of coins related to those living in the camps. Analysis of these coins, compared to coin circulation in general and to regulations concerning soldiers’ pay in Napoleonic armies, made it possible, several years ago, to make some hypotheses regarding the actual payment of those monies. The combined practice of various types of deduction from pay and the use of devalued coinage for pay has been revealed as apparently customary. This article is an opportunity to return to this question and to bring in further elements and to draw parallels in the long term. The new information comes essentially from the work done by Frédéric Lemaire in the older printed books on the subject and also in the archives. There was a real distinction between the monies provided by the government for army pay and the money actually paid out by the officer paying troops, one final exchange deal being always possible. The use of a colossal mass of copper coins does not seem to have been a sufficiently serious obstacle, given the profits to be made.
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Thibault Cardon. La numismatique du camp d’Étaples. La solde au regard des découvertes archéologiques. Napoleonica. La Revue, La Fondation Napoléon, 2019, 32, pp.76-85. ⟨hal-02279742⟩



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