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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 3, January 21, 2001, Article 4

BOOK: HISTORY OF THE POUND 

   A new 302-page book by David Sinclair, published by 
   Random House UK, covers the long history of the British 
   pound.  The book is titled "Pound - a Biography: The Story of 
   the Currency That Ruled the World and Lasted a 1000 Years" 

   A review by Paul Podolsky in the January 15th Wall Street 
   Journal noted "the first portion of the book is limited to 
   examining 500 years of the quarter-penny farthing, the groat, 
   the noble and other such monetary experiments concurrent 
   with the reign of King Eric Blood-Axe." 

   From the Publisher: "Packed with detail and colour, this 
   fascinating book charts the Pound's development from its 
   origins in the Dark Ages to its role today in cyberspace when, 
   single European currency or not, it may be coming to the end 
   of its life. The Pound is also the revealing story of Britain and 
   her people on the world stage.  Britain's currency was the first 
   great international exchange currency, laying the foundations 
   for world trade. The Pound illuminates the kings and queens, 
   merchants and bankers, politicians and fraudsters who have 
   all played their parts in the rise and decline of the British Nation." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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