Money and Sovereignty as Expressed in Gold Coinage
by Douglas A. Mudd & Michael Fagin
Money has attracted a major part of mankind’s attention since its invention in Asia Minor in the 7th century B.C. It has had many uses over the ages beyond its original development for purposes of long distance trade and military power. Among the most important and least studied is the use of money as a means of communication through their designs and legends.
A nation’s money is often the first impression a visitor gets of the nature of a country. As such, the designs and legends placed on money have always been considered important by the authorities responsible for their issue. Often, these authorities have risen beyond the demands of simple utility and required that their currency be beautiful as well as useful.
The focus of this ebook is on the stories behind the design and legends placed on gold coins since the invention of the Western coin tradition in ancient Anatolia some 2650 years ago.
1st edition 2008; 79 pages.