Spink has published a new book by Robert Bracey based on an exhibit of play money at the British Museum. -Editor
Playing with Money
by Robert Bracey
SPECIAL PUBLICATION PRICE £20
Paperback with flaps
Published to coincide with an exhibition of the same name at the British Museum
In the early twentieth century there was a revolution in board games. Children’s games intended to teach morality were transformed into economic simulations aimed at adults. This book demonstrates
how play and games reflect and shape our understanding of money, and explores the history of board games in the twentieth century. Why was a famous psychic so interested in the stock market? How did
a feminist campaigner try to undermine capitalism with a game? And why has ‘German game’ become synonymous with a growing number of cafes all across the world dedicated to playing board games?
Playing with Money is published to coincide with an exhibition of the same name, which runs from 18th April 2019 to 29th September 2019 in Room 69a at the British Museum. Drawing on the
museum's extensive collection of early print and ethnographic games and 20th century board games, the exhibition focuses on how games depict the economy and their role as educational tools.
To read a review from CoinsWeekly, see:
Homo Ludens - or why Toy Money belongs in the British Museum
For more information on the exhibit, see:
Playing with money: currency and games
For more information, or to order, see:
Playing With Money by Robert Bracey
Wayne Homren, Editor
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