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A Social History of Coins: Money and the Making of Civilization
Frank Holt, University Of Houston

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Coins, the Overlooked Keys to History (Article)
Title: Coins, the Overlooked Keys to History
Author: Casey Cep
Abstract: A delightful new book argues that numismatics—the study of coins—is the “beautiful science of civilizations.”
Year: 2021
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Publisher: The New Yorker

When Money Talks: A History of Coins and Numismatics (Book)
Title: When Money Talks: A History of Coins and Numismatics
Author: Frank Holt
Abstract: Coinage--it is one of the most successful and consistent technologies ever invented. Nothing else we still use in everyday life has a history quite like it. Look around at all the things that would bewilder a Greek, Roman, or Renaissance ancestor; then, dig into your purse or pocket for that one artifact that they would immediately recognize as part of their world. Historian Frank L. Holt takes us on a lively journey through the history of numismatics, the study of coins--one of the oldest and most important contributions to the arts and humanities. For 2600 years, poets, economists, philosophers, historians, and theologians have pondered the mysteries of money. Who invented coins, and why? Does coinage function beyond our control as if it had a mind of its own? How has it changed world history and culture? What does numismatics reveal about our past that could never be discovered from any other source? How has numismatics advanced using modern science? Does it still suffer from racist ideas about physiognomy and phrenology? What does its future hold? The approach taken in this richly illustrated book is as multi-faceted as coined money itself. Coins are integral to our economic, social, political, religious, and cultural history. When Money Talks: A History of Coins and Numismatics explores each aspect of coinage, and takes a special interest in how coins have appeared in literature and pop culture, ranging in its analysis from Greek drama and the New Testament to T.V. sitcoms and meme theory.
Year: 2021
Publisher: Oxford
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780197515659
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes