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Money: A History by Jonathan Williams

Money: A History is the grand gallery of spectacular photos of "money" from cowries to Chinese Hell Bank notes to plastic cards. It was the money book most looked at and read by the staff. Truly whole Earth, produced by the Department of Coins and Medals of the British Museum, its chapters start in Mesopotamia and race through the Roman Empire, Medieval Europe, Islamic lands, India, China and the rest of Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the modern period. Crammed with accurate facts, the prose is dry British, but who cares. The photography of Jeff Hopson and Jerome Perkins is luminous numismatic with details of coinage, etching, and printing that grandstand the world of trade and power. A book as eye-catching as the St. Gaudens Double Eagle (my favorite gold coin).


ISBN: 1554072824

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