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Good Money: Birmingham Button Makers, the Royal Mint, and the Beginnings of Modern Coinage, 1775-1821

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Good Money tells the fascinating story of British manufacturers' challenge to the Crown's monopoly on coinage. In the 1780s, when the Industrial Revolution was gathering momentum, the Royal Mint failed to produce enough small-denomination coinage for factory owners to pay their workers. As the currency shortage threatened to derail industrial progress, manufacturers began to m

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Hardcover, 390 pages
Published July 14th 2008 by University of Michigan Press
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Tris
May 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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 majori ...more
Frank Stein
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it

This book is an original addition to monetary history, and will probably change the way you look at change. It focuses on two periods in English history, 1787 to 1797 and 1811 to 1817, both times when the cost of wars and the inefficiencies of the Royal Mint led to a stark shortage of small, copper coins. The results were more dire than you might imagine.

Workmen who often made no more than a few shilling a week could not be paid with the silver and gold coins of a pound or over, so sometimes th
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Aaron Haspel
Aug 09, 2009 marked it as to-read
Shelves: unfinished
Couldn't finish it, despite the best intentions and a serious layman's interest in money manipulation. Probably best left to specialists.
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