A Short History of Coins and Currency; In Two Parts

A Short History of Coins and Currency; In Two Parts

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...diary, under the date of 25th February 1667, says: " At my goldsmith's did observe the king's new medal, where in little, there is Mrs Stewart's face as well done as ever I saw anything in my whole life, I think; and a pretty thing it is, that he should choose her face to represent Britannia by." In the first of this series Britannia was armed with a spear, and her seat was placed on earth; but Boulton's engraver, Kiichler, in 1797, ingeniously represented her as ruling the waves by turning the spear into a trident, and replacing the earth by sea on which a ship was sailing. I cannot but regret the omission of the ship on our recent pennies. The coins of Charles II. and succeeding THE PENNY 75 Sovereigns have the bust of the reigning monarch turned the opposite way to that of his predecessor. Charles is said to have adopted this position from his reluctance to look the same way as Cromwell! During the reigns of James II. and William and Mary some halfpence and farthings were struck of tin. Under Queen Anne there were two issues of gold and silver money, one before and the other after the Union. The denominations were the same, but whereas before the Union the arms of England and Scotland were on separate shields, after the Union they were impaled on one. The Act also provided that the coinage should be of the same standard and value throughout the United Kingdom. In 1797 the Government adopted the singular plan of issuing Spanish dollars countermarked with the head of the King. The stamp was small and oval, being that used by the Goldsmith's Company for stamping plate. These dollars were current for 4s. and ad., whence the saying, "Two king's heads not worth a crown." In 1804 the Bank of England struck dollars, which, however, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236518004
  • 9781236518002