At the same time the free coinage of silver was suspended, the government reserving to itself the sole privilege of coining money.
The right of coining money was bestowed on the town, and parliaments were several times held within its walls.
Between that year and 1884 the coining value of the silver product increased from $275,000 to $3,000,000.
The "PSlerei of Schweidnitz" is the name given to the riotous revolt of the town, in 1520-1522, against a royal edict depriving it of the right of coining its own money.
Under the Lombards the town was the seat of dukes and counts; in the 12th and 13th centuries it formed a flourishing republic, busied in surrounding itself with walls (1229), controlling the Crostolo and constructing navigable canals to the Po, coining money of its own, and establishing prosperous schools.