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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 15, April 13, 2008, Article 7

PRINCETON NUMISMATIC CURATOR STAHL RECEIVES GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIP

[The Daily Princetonian published an article about the Guggenheim
Fellowship awards recently granted to six Princeton faculty members
including Alan Stahl, the University's curator of numismatics.
Congratulations! -Editor]

Only 190 recipients were chosen from a pool of 2,600 applicants.
Princeton tied with the University of California at Berkeley for
the second-highest number of fellowship recipients, after the
University of Michigan, which had seven.

The awards are given to scholars, scientists and artists who
demonstrate "stellar achievement and exceptional promise for
continued accomplishment," according to a statement from the
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The program seeks
to create a diverse group of recipients, both in demographics
and fields of study. One needs to look no further than the
Princeton recipients to see this diversity.

Alan Stahl is University's curator of numismatics, the study of
currency and its history. Stahl plans to use the fellowship to
work on a book titled "The Nexus of Wealth and Power in Medieval
Venice." Among other topics, Stahl's research will explore the
relationship between capitalism and republican government.

"What I'm looking at is the convergence of these two factors,"
he said. "I am trying to see if there is something significant a
bout the fact that Venice was one of the birth[places] of
capitalism and the center of republican government."

For him, this project has been a long time in the making. His
research started about seven years ago, and his database
includes information on 5,000 people based on 15,000 documents.
Stahl will return to Venice for six months to continue his
research.

"[I use] coinage to enlighten history," Stahl said.

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