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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press; 2 edition (14 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714118141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714118147
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 18.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 538,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 19 people found the following review helpful By ED on 3 Oct 2009
Format: Paperback
The book arrived in very good condition as stated in the seler's description. It's a great source of information too.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Beautifully produced survey. 30 Dec 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Written by the coins and medals experts of the British Museum, this handsomely designed work succinctly but comprehensively explores the entire history of money, from its earliest beginnings to the electronic transactions of the 1990's.
The book features over 550 beautiful color and black-and-white illustrations, with essays covering ancient and modern coinage in global perspective, and relating the moral, political, religious, and social meanings inevitably associated with so powerful a force. Highly recommended as an excellent introduction to a complex subject, or just for enjoyable and informative browsing.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Panoramic world history of money, lavishly illustrated 27 Oct 2011
By E. Jaksetic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The authors, curators at the British Museum, present a broad review of the history of money that explores the creation, use, and evolution of money from the beginnings of recorded history to the present. While doing so, the authors provide interesting and thoughtful observations about the economic, political, social, religious, and moral aspects of money and its uses around the world throughout history. The book is abundantly illustrated with numerous images of coins and paper money, maps, and artwork that supplement the text very well.

This book is an excellent reference work that is well written and easy to follow. It can be used as a starting point for further research, with an annotated Further Reading section and a guide to money museums around the world. Apart from its utility as a reference work and research resource, the book can be read on its own by any reader interested in taking a look at the history of money. This would be a useful reference book in any community, high school, or college library.

The book was reissued in 2007, on the tenth aniversary of its original publication.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Well illustrated history of money 24 Oct 2012
By Gderf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a very extensive economic analysis and illustrated history. It's excellent on both counts. The text is embellished with pictures of ancient and modern coins and notes. There are fascinating accounts of currency through the ages across the globe emphasizing Italy, China, India and the British and Spanish empires. It's sparse on the United States (maybe deliberately so). Williams points out that civil war greenbacks were worth 49c at war's end, with only one Confederate note shown.
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Great for beginner collectors 21 May 2012
By ykittys - Published on Amazon.com
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I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in coin collecting. It provides a great foundation to build on as your collecting progresses. Even if you aren't interested in collecting, this book is a very interesting read not only on the history of money but on history in general.
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Great deal on amazon 7 May 2014
By mary - Published on Amazon.com
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We were in the British Museum and my sons wanted me to buy it for them. It must have been close to $40 and I didn't know how good the book would be and I didn't want to add to our luggage. So I used my amazon mobile app and ordered it to get sent back home in the US while we were still in the museum. It was waiting for us when we returned and my husband says it is a very good book.
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