HISTORY 2018-02-09T16:27:19+00:00

Diner of Carlemany

Diner of Jaume I

The arrival of the diner where later would be Catalonia took place at the end of the 8th century during the Carolingian period, when Charlemagne coined money in Barcelona, Girona, Empúries and Roses. These were the first emissions of the Iberian Peninsula and thus the Catalan diner got started, and it preceded in more than 200 years the emissions of the rest of peninsular states.

These silver diner emissions, in the name of the Carolingian monarchs, indicate the beginning of the appropriation of the diner by the Catalan counts, and in subsequent years they began to coin money by initiating the county coin making in Barcelona, Besalú and Cerdanya and bishops in Girona and Vic. In the 11th century, there continued with money creation in the counties of Empúries and Rosselló and also in the viscounty of Cardona, and in the 12th century in the county of Urgell, while in parallel, the county of Barcelona, acting as an agglutinating center, acquired Catalan counties and extinguishing their privative currencies, while extending the course of Barcelona’s diner.

This currency was emitted until the 14th century in Empúries and Urgell and the count of Pallars made an isolated emission of it. Still, in the 16th century the lords of Cardona, protected by ancient rights, beat the local currency in Arbeca and Bellpuig.

That is why diner is considered as the first Catalan currency and the one that has had more circulation in the Catalan Countries.

At the beginning of the 21st century the cryptocurrency appears, and coinciding with the growth of the Catalan independentism, and with the Catalan Republic, Diner reappears in Catalonia in digital format.