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Good Money by George Selgin
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Jun 15, 11

Read from May 22 to June 05, 2011

If you go on eBay and do a search for "Conder Tokens," you'll get an idea of what this book is all about. Part British history, part fuck-the-government, part thinking outside of the box. The industrial revolution and the cost of fighting two wars (the French and American Revolutions) left a serious shortage of small-demonination coins at a time when the monarchy wouldn't hear of having its faces stamped in anything other than gold and silver. Bartering was no longer going to work for the majority of city-dwellers. The result were independently made copper coins that represent a huge variety of political and commercial interests of the late 1700s, until the government stepped in an made them illegal. A really interesting story, well told.
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