June 10, 2008

Good Money Available in July: George Selgin's book "Good Money", which tells the story of British manufacturers’ challenge to the Crown’s monopoly on coinage will be available this July. Some comments on the book:
"In lucid, enjoyable, often humorous language, Selgin takes us from the 'dark satanic mills' to the backstreet haunts of the eighteenth-century counterfeiter and the private, legitimate mints, set up to address a problem the Royal Mint could or would not—the production of safe small change for the people. His cast of characters is large and auspicious: Thomas Williams, James Watt, John Westwood, and Matthew Boulton. And Selgin’s understanding of eighteenth-century economic theory and practice is absolute, allowing him to write with verve and clarity."
—Richard Doty, Curator of Numismatics, Smithsonian Institution

"I anxiously await the publication of Good Money. Taking a totally fresh approach to not only the examination of the British token coinage, but also the role of money as a medium of exchange, this is a work that will delight token collectors and general numismatists alike. Good Money is no stale academic text—I was charmed by the author's 'Ramble Round Old Birmingham' as surely as I was enlightened throughout by his meticulous research. Numismatists are readers and researchers at heart and I've no doubt that Good Money will meet with an enthusiastic response within our community."
—Harold Welch, Vice President, Conder Token Collector's Club
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