Coins and Currency

An Historical Encyclopedia, 2d ed.

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About the Book

Throughout history, money has developed along with society. During ancient times currency took many forms, including such varied items as beaver skins and sea salt blocks. As societies made technological and artistic advancements, their monetary systems and currencies advanced as well. Today, coins and currency are an important part of the historical and archaeological record, providing information regarding the culture, religion, interests, and major leaders of societies throughout the world.
This updated second edition offers numerous entries of historical commentary on the role of coins and currency in human events, politics and the arts. Beginning with the origin of coins in ancient Sumeria, this reference work follows advancements in metallurgy and minting machines to paper, plastic and electronic currencies designed to ease trade and halt counterfeiting. A timeline of important events in the history of money is included, along with a glossary and bibliography. Photographs of coins and bills enhance the text, providing an up-close look at many beautiful artifacts.

About the Author(s)

Mary Ellen Snodgrass is an award-winning author of English and Latin textbooks and reference works for 35 years. She taught at Hickory High School and Lenoir Rhyne University for 23 years. She focuses on women’s and world literature and history and general research topics, including epidemics, the history of money, clothing, food, and dance.

Bibliographic Details

Mary Ellen Snodgrass
Format: softcover (8.5 x 11)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 40 photos, glossary, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7796-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3665-8
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

Reviews from the first edition: “a fascinating account of people, places and terms…entries are well written…most entries have extensive see also references and a list of sources…recommended”—Booklist; “excellent access to persons, events, and topics…Snodgrass’s research is thorough…recommended”—Choice; “interesting”—ARBA.