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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 19, May 13, 2007, Article 2

NEW BOOK IN PROGRESS: GOOD MONEY BY GEORGE SELGIN

Many thanks to Dick Johnson for reminding us about an upcoming book
of interest to numismatists and economists everywhere. An advance
look at George Selgin's book (Good Money: Birmingham Button-Makers,
The Royal Mint, and the Beginnings of Modern Coinage) is available
on the Internet in the form of the author's lengthy book proposal,
which includes an annotated table of contents and sample chapters.
The title as originally proposed was "GOOD MONEY: How some British
BUTTON MAKERS beat GRESHAM’S LAW, solved the most urgent ECONOMIC
PROBLEM of their day, and cleared the way for the INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION".

The proposal notes that "Richard G. Doty, the Curator of Numismatics
at the Smithsonian Institution has already offered this blurb:

“Good Money documents the fascinating story of the British Industrial
Revolution and its effects on the coinage of the day. In lucid,
enjoyable, often humorous language, Dr Selgin, a born story-teller,
takes us from the 'dark satanic mills' to the backstreet haunts of
the eighteenth-century counterfeiter. His cast of characters is large
and rumbustious—including Thomas Williams, James Watt, John Westwood,
and Matthew Boulton, to name just a few. His understanding of eighteenth-
century economic theory and practice is absolute, allowing him to write
with a verve and a clarity that I find enviable. Very simply, Good
Money is the most important study of its kind to appear in many years,
and I recommend it without reservation.”

To read the complete book proposal, see:
complete book proposal

[George Selgin became an E-Sylum subscriber on November 7, 2004,
when he provided us with advance word of his planned book. -Editor]

 NEW BRITISH TOKEN BOOK IN PROGRESS
 esylum_v07n45a09.html

 WORK IN PROGRESS: GOOD MONEY
 esylum_v08n12a08.html

[An article by Lawrence White (see the following E-Sylum item) mentions
the book; I contacted Selgin who adds: "The title is now 'Good Money:
 Private Enterprise and the Foundation of Modern Coinage' As for
publication, alas, it is scheduled for this time next year, so there's
no need yet for people to start lining up for copies!" -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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