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Tricky Money: Auto Italia

Trickster, devil, fool, money.

Angus Cameron

on 14 November 2017

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Pound, Mark, Philip Doller, Holland Dollar, Spanish Royal, Gueldre, Frizeland Dollar, Zeland Shilling, Golden Royal, French Crown, Golden Ryder, Albertin (or Ducat of Albertus), Angel, Imperial Royal, half Royal, Carolus Guildern, Rose Noble, Double Royal, Nobles of Holland, Utrecht and Overysel, Gold Guildern, Hungary Ducat, Bishops Ducat, Ducats of Italy, Venice, Turky and Rome, the Soveraign of Queen Elizabeth, the Old Soveraign, the half Soveraign fine, the Angel with the O, the Angel with the three Lions, the half Noble with the Lyons, the Noble of Bridges, the Andrew Guilder, the Gulielmus Guilder, the Gold guilder of the States, the Golden Fleece or Toyson d’Or, the Philips Guildern, the nobles of Gaunt and Zealand, the Half imperial Crown, the Henricus noble, the Old English Crown, the Henry Noble, the Half Henry Noble, the Floret Crown, the Charles French Crown, the Floret of France, the Old Golden Lyon, the Ducat of Castile, the Spanish Ducat, the Holland Ducat, the double Ducat of Zealand, the Dicats of Navarre and Majorca, the Spanish Pistolet, the Milreys Ducat, the Emanuel great Crusat, the Joannes great Crusat, the Ducat with the short Cross, the Ducat with the long Cross, the Ducat with the long Cross of Batenborgh, the Pistolets of Italy, the Flemish Rider, the Guilders and Vrisland Ryders of the year 1583, the Ryder of Burgundy, the English Salut, the Schuytken or Ship of Flanders, the Ryder of Guilders, the Phillip Clincart, the Ryder of Deventer, Campen and Swoll, the David Guilder of Trier, Utrecht and Of the Harp, the Peter of Louvain, the Clemmer Guilder, the Frederick of Beyeren, the Arnuldus Guilder, the Postulat of Bourbon, the Postulats of Horn, of Guilders, of Cleve, of Fran. Friar or the Dog&Cat, the nine Stivers pieces of Batenbourgh and Frize, the Guilielmus Ducat of Batenbourgh, the other Ducat of Stephanus, the Ducat of Nimeghen with Stephen, the New Ducats of St Victor Pancriatus, Vict. Batenbourgh, W. B. Margarete Toren, Petrus Rechem, George Rechem, the Ducats Victor H.B., water Ducats and the half Mary of Batenbourgh, the Ducat with the checker, the Ducat of Denmark, the Pacratius Alleb. H. the Oswald Ducat Cusa, the Ducat of Nimeghen 1565, the New Angels Coyned heretofore: of Thoron, of Horn, of Batenb., of Viana, of H.M., the Scots pistolet, the Ryder with the Loaves, the Pistolets Dilege and Legion, the Ducats Ferdinand of Batenbourgh, the Ducats Ferdinand and Carolus of Horne, the Double Ducat of Albertus of Austria, the Single Ducat of Albertus of Austria, the Unite piece, called Jacobus of England, The Ryder of the United Low Provinces, the half Jacobus and Ryders, the Ducats of the Estates of the United Provinces, the new twenty shilling pieces of England, the Scots piece of the Cross Daggers, the Scots Rider, the Carolus Gueldern, the old four Stivers piece with the Eagle, Charles and Philip, the old double Styver, the Silver Fleece of three Stivers, the Three Groot or Deniers, the Old Stiver of three ounces, the new Stiver following three ounces, the 17 duits, the Half stiver, the Quarter Stiver Oort, the Eight Part Stiver Duit, the Hollandts, the Stiver of the States United, the Stiver of Utrecht, the nine Duits Penny of Charles and Philip, the half Ruyters black, the Brass Penny and the half, the Spanish Ryals fine, the Salvator and Royal of Venice, the Italian Ryals, the course Romish Ryals, the eleven Duits of Charles Limb., the eleven Duits of Holland, the Half Ruyters blank of Holland, the five Groot of Flanders, the 5 Groot of Gaunt, the 17 Duits of Lodovick, Liege, Philip, Guelders, Charles, Limborgh, Philip of Flanders, two standing lyons, the 17 Duits of Sluce, the double Vieryfers, the Snaphanen coined for three Batts, the Creuciat of John of Cleve, the five Stiver piece of Liege, the Stiver piece of Gueldres, the Snaphane of Nimegen, Deventer and Cleave, the Shilling of M.E. and five Groots of Philip of Flanders, the other five Groot of Philip of Flanders, the five Stiver of Cambray, Liege and Horne, the Shillings of Gueldres, Utrecht, Freese and Zealand, the Shilling of Bridges, the Shillings of Gaunt, the Stivers of Groeninghen, Cambray, and Liege, the eleven Duyts of Philip and Mary, the pieces of 5 and a half Groat of 1520, the Doller of the States, the Hollandtes Doller, the Rickx Doller, the Polland Doller, the Bohemia Ne. Op., the Batenborgh Dol., the Bommel Doller, the Polish Guelder of sixty Creutzer, the Dollars of Brisgau, Tremone, the Dollars of Luneborgh, the Basell sixty Creutzer, the Doller of Riga. Teastons of: Mantua, Francis; Ferrara, Hercules and Alphonsus; Berne, Vincent; Ottomanus, Berne; Lucerne, Episcopus, Milan, Lodovicus; Milan, Galeacius; Friborg, Nicolas, Sedun, Nicol. Dan Adrian; Solod, Ursus; Savoy, Carolus; of Castile; of Portugal, Io V.L; France, Franciscus; Lorrain an. 1524 & 29; Spain, Ferdinand; Navarre, Anna; Baden, Chrisostom; Savoy, Carolus; Navarre, Henricus; Monserrat, George and Guill.; Geneva, George and Guill. Quarter Crowns of, France, Lorraine, Savoy Philip. The Rickx Dollar of late Anno 1567, the piece of Cambray on 16th of a Doller, the 38 Gustave of Liege, the Christopher Doller, the Doller Guliel. Sweden, the Angel of Scrickelborgh, the ten Creutzers of Salsborgh, Ravenborgh, Frise and Saxony, the three Carolus of Frankford, Campidona, Reynsborch, Patavia, Ernestus, Otingus, Carolus and Salsborgh, the six Creutzer of Insborgh, the Gross of Salsborgh, the Batsen of four Creutzers of Fribourgh, Colmograve, Raynsebourgh, Taunte, Cost 1530. Roy, and Schafhuysen, Baviere, Brandenbourgh, Ottinge, the ausb. Saxon gross and Conyngstein, the Curiensis gross, Kempton, Bassu and Brisac, the Quarter Crowns of Noiling, Ambass. Markegrave, George and Wormeser.

[…] I reflected that there is nothing less material than money, since any coin whatsoever (let us say a coin worth twenty centavos) is, strictly speaking, a repertory of possible futures. Money is abstract, I repeated; money is the future tense. It can be an evening in the suburbs, or music by Brahms; it can be maps, or chess, or coffee; it can be the words of Epictetus teaching us to despise gold; it is a Proteus more versatile than the one on the Isle of Pharos. It is unforeseeable time, Bergsonian time, not the rigid time of Islam or the Porch. The determinists deny that there is such a thing in the world as a single possible act, id est an act that could or could not happen; a coin symbolizes man’s free will.

Jorge Luis Borges
"The Zahir"
Tricky Money
Angus Cameron
University of Leicester School of Management
Auto Italia South East
February 12th, 2014
Modern secularism, and its companion Protestantism, do not usher in an era in which human consciousness is liberated from supernatural manifestations; the essence of the Protestant (or capitalist) era is that the power over this world has passed from God to God’s negation, God’s ape, the Devil. And already Luther had seen in money the essence of the secular, and therefore of the demonic. The money complex is the demonic, and the demonic is God’s ape; the money complex is therefore the heir to and substitute for the religious complex, an attempt to find God in things.
The most primitive form of trade, "silent" trade, has features which we have already noticed in the cult of Hermes. In "silent" trade the parties to the exchange never meet: the seller leaves the goods in some well-known place; the buyer takes the goods and leaves the price. The exchange generally takes place at one of those points which are sacred to Hermes - a boundary point such as a mountaintop, a river bank, a conspicuous stone or a road junction.
N. O. Brown, 1947, 'Hermes the Thief: The Evolution of a Myth', Vintage.
Anton Fugger 1493-1560
The Flash Crash
'What is Money?' 'Nothing': that's the only possible answer. But it works. Money works because in our heads, yes, we don't think of it as nothing. And because entire networks of institutions – here I'll mention only banks and the pricing system – emerged from this same falsehood and established themselves on its basis, making it their business to hide this nothingness from view.
So money works. And its most important work is to secure its future: in other words to make sure we go on desiring it in [the] future too.
R Willert, in Beuys, et al, 2010, What is Money? A Discussion
A herma
Norman O Brown, ‘Filthy Lucre’, in "Life Against Death"
September 2008
'Mephistopheles', Goethe, Faust
There is a form of divination associated with Hermes called cledonomancy [...]: at dusk as the lamps are being lit the petitioner leaves a "coin of local money" at the image of Hermes, whispers the question he hopes to have answered, puts his hands over his ears, and walks away. When he takes his hands from his ears the first words he hears contain the oracle's reply. All the better if the words are uttered by a child or a fool, someone clearly incapable of calculating an effect.
Lewis Hyde, 1998, Trickster makes this World: Mischief, Myth and Art: 133
The oracle of "Hermes-of-the-Marketplace"
Yet money, and all it symbolizes, is the root of all evil in a deeper sense than this. Viewed from outside the system, money can be seen to do something even more insidious. It subtly eliminates the very concept of evil.
Alan MacFarlane, 1987, The Culture of Capitalism
Erinnre dich: hast selbst es unterschrieben!
Erst heute nacht! Du standst als großer Pan,
Der Kanzler sprach mit uns zu dir heran:
"Gewähre dir das hohe Festvergnügen,
Des Volkes Heil, mit wenig Federzügen."
Du zogst sie rein, dann wards in dieser Nacht
Durch Tausendkünstler schnell vertausendfacht.
Damit die Wohltat allen gleich gedeihe.
So stempelten wir gleich die ganze Reihe,
Zehn, Dreißig, Fünfzig, Hundert sind parat.
Ihr denkt euch nicht, wie wohls dem Volke tat.
Seht eure Stadt, sonst halb im Tod verschimmelt,
Wie alles lebt und lustgenießend wimmelt!
Obschon dein Name längst die Welt beglückt,
Man hat ihn nie so freundlich angeblickt.
Das Alphabet ist nun erst überzählig,
In diesem Zeichen wird nun jeder selig.

Und meinen Leuten gilts für gutes Gold?
Dem Heer, dem Hofe gnü zu vollem Sold?
So sehr michs wundert, muß ichs gelten lassen.
Goethe, Faust, Part 2, Act 1: The 'Paper Money Scene'
Despicable Me, Universal Pictures, 2010
It goes without saying that this history of the devil would be Marxist [...]. The devil alters significantly according to eras, events, classes and class conflicts, peoples and states. His history would uncover the underside of official histories, and much more besides. Right up the present day, every era, every people, every class – and every group, every political party – has had its devil, has seen it, conjured it up, made it, lived it, pursued it and immolated it, only to resuscitate it in order to kill it anew.
Lefebvre, H, 1995, Introduction to Modernity
Trickster, Devil, Fool, Money
Paper money's unholy trinity
Source: Zemon-Davies, 1975, Society and Culture in Early Modern France
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