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The E-Sylum: Volume 4, Number 12, March 18, 2001, Article 5


New subscriber Charles J. Opitz has just published a new book titled "An Ethnographic Study of Traditional Money" From the press release:

"Everywhere among the peoples of the world we see examples of traditional money. From the wampum of the American Indians used in the past, to the mamulis still being used by villagers for bride price on the Island of Sumba, we have always been fascinated by the relationship between culture and money.

Traditional money has always been used for important events in life such as buying land, bride price, death, the birth of a child and the coming of age. Even when coins or paper money are used for everyday activities, traditional money may still be used for the most important occasions.

Because the definition of money is subjective at best, this book also includes items that do not meet all of the criteria of money but are at some times considered as such. Included are explanations of the usage of the traditional money in the culture, history and references.

This book is the result of more than 26 years of research and the review of 600 books containing ethnographic information on traditional money. It is a fascinating journey through the history of the intermingling of culture and money.

  • Hard-bound, 8 1/2" x 11"
  • More than 410 pages long
  • Contains more than 1,200 pictures, 150 of which in full color
  • Most of the photographs in the book were taken by the author of items in his personal collection of traditional money.
  • A separate price list included which gives the current estimated value for hundreds of the items listed.

The book price is $80.00 plus insured shipping. Order from your favorite numismatic book seller or send a check or money order to:

Charles Opitz
2471 SW 37 St.
Ocala, FL 34474"

Wayne Homren, Editor

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