Cristina Dinu, Aurel Stanica, dr. Steluta
Parau, Mihaela Iacob
During the XIII-XIV centuries the
Danube and Black Sea area is one of the most active
in international trade.
At the end of the XIII-d century and
at the beginning of the XIV century, Chilia Veche
is mentioned in documents as important center of
commercial transactions of Genovian merchants. The
town issues coins, called "asperi boni argenti
et spendibilis de Chilii".
A coin treasure (26000 coins-Tartarian
asperis and Byzantine hyperberis) has been discovered
on the hills of Uzumbair near Tulcea.
An Arabian geographer, Idrisi mentioned
Armucastru (Ermocastro, Argamum (?)=Jurilovca) as
an " old town with high buildings, flourishing
fields and trade which brings prosperity, seated
on a pleasant hill, which dominated the sea "
"There-in the Black sea-there is the
source of all the merchandise " exclaimed a Genovian
merchant in the XIV century; but because it was like
that, the Danube Delta, its towns and commercial
routes became object of a fiercely dispute during
the next centuries.