In the Money: A guide to the coins that shaped Britain
Numismatic books usually fall in to one of two categories – either they are general price guides or they are more specific, books that concentrate on one coin or maybe one type of coin/historical period. This new book In the Money by Dominic Chorney of Baldwin’s, breaks that pattern and instead looks at a number of coins from across history; quite literally the “coins that shaped Britain”. Starting with the Celtic gold stater and on to the Roman Britannia, the hammered penny, the sovereign and the decimal pound coin, Dominic looks at how these coins came into being, the political, historical economic and social background to their institution and the influence they had on the wider world. Whilst this isn’t a book that will impart much new knowledge to specialist collectors it is one that will be of interest to all – and serves to give an excellent background into why coins are important and how they came to be so. It is well worth a read!