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DK Eyewitness Books: Money

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Become an eyewitness to the history of cash and coin and get an up-close look at currency with "DK Eyewitness Books: Money."

From the earliest forms of money to the intricate banking systems we have today, currency has been around for millennia, whether made from stones and shells to the coins and paper we see today. This guide details various types of currency from both the past and present, from the sea salt money of Ethiopia to the modern Euro. Discover where the term piggy bank came from, why Ancient Greeks put coins in the mouths of dead people, and how coins and banknotes are made today.

Available for the first time in paperback and full of stunning, real-life photography of rare coins and unique currency, "DK Eyewitness Books: Money" is an exciting look at the diverse world of money.

Each revised Eyewitness book retains the stunning artwork and photography from the groundbreaking original series, but the text has been reduced and reworked to speak more clearly to younger readers. Still on every colorful page: vibrant annotated photographs and the integrated text-and-pictures approach that makes Eyewitness a perennial favorite of parents, teachers, and school-age kids.


8-time National Council for the Social Studies Award Winner

4-time Society for School Librarians International Social Studies Trade Book Award Winner

2-time Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Book Award Winner

A Parents' Choice Award Winner

72 pages, Hardcover

First published January 1, 1990

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Joe Cribb

27 books2 followers
Joe Cribb specializes in the history of coinage in Asia, with particular focus on the pre-Islamic coinages of the territories now represented by India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Kashmir, and Afghanistan. His interests also cover the history and practice of numismatics. He was President of the Royal Numismatic Society (2005–9) and is a council member of the Oriental Numismatic Society. He is currently working on a catalogue of the coins of the Kushan kings of ancient South and Central Asia (first to fourth centuries AD).

Joe Cribb is a trustee of Ditchling Museum, Sussex, and coordinator of the Eric Gill Society.

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Profile Image for M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews.
4,080 reviews336 followers
September 5, 2019
This is a pretty fun book with some awesome photographs of various forms of money - and not just coins and paper money! This offers an age-appropriate history lesson on money in the world, as well as some pretty nifty trivia. This book would be pretty basic for an experienced coin collector/numismatist (there's a bit about collecting/storing cons here as well) but it's a good book for children.
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209 reviews2 followers
March 8, 2020
Least exciting to read so far. Things I learned: old Italian money = lira; old French money = franc; old German money = mark; old Spanish money = peseta; old Portuguese money = escudo; first paper money printed by Chinese; numismatics = study or collection of coins or paper money; gold doubloons and silver pieces of eight came from the Spanish empire in the New World; the Euro was launched in 2002; German Fugger family = huge banking family in 15th and 16th centuries
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1,328 reviews10 followers
December 12, 2022
Great place to start

I have an older version of this book. The latest has added a section on the shared currency. The cover on the older version has more exotic coins such as heart cutouts. However, any version of this book shows a lot of colorful pictures of scripts and coins. There are simple descriptions of the making and measuring of money. If you are a coin collector the descriptions help enhance the collection by telling what the symbols represent on the coin as well as some of the history. My only disappointment was the lack of information on porcelain notgeld. This makes you wonder what else may be missing. Well, you cannot stuff everything into 64 pages with pictures.

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December 30, 2016
It was fascinating to see what money looked like as far back as 3rd century BCE.

Money not only consisted of coins but of shells, beads, salt and stone.

We learn about the evolution of money, earliest bank, inks used to color money, bank notes, money orders, gold bars and how other forms of trade were considered money such as wine and art.

Money also covers methods people use to hold on to money: purses, money belts, banks, money boxes, piggy banks and the like. We learn about coin collection and the banking timeline.

Before reading Money, I never thought of its history.
3 reviews2 followers
April 30, 2012
i didn't finish book, but there have few things I learn. The money had long history. Every country have they own kind of money. People used money to did the business. The first money made of metal, the first paper money made in 10th century. Some country believe money have strong power. In China, people made the paper money for the death people.
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March 22, 2019
OK I know these are supposed to be kid books but they are awesome! Great pictures and just enough text to make you want to learn more. Great choices for a beginning history reader or to start an older reader out in a new area. Every time I pick one of these up and read it I learn new things. Highly Recommended
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October 12, 2010
informational. Great variety of pictures and very informative. :D Very boring though. They could have done a different variety of history, rather than how it started in each country, because pretty much all of it came from Europe, so it sounded like the same paragraph on every page.
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July 6, 2014
An okay and very brief overview of currency. The book is heavily Eurocentric and mostly gives a short tour of coins used within certain countries. In addition, the book is organized strangely since it's neither chronologically nor alphabetically sorted.
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January 31, 2017
This book is very interesting, it teaches me new things about
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