Harley J. Spiller began collecting money at the age of five when, home sick from school, his father tossed him a sack of pennies and a Whitman coin folder. In the five decades since, author Spiller has amassed one of America's most extensive collections of unusual financial artifacts as well as a wealth of anecdotes and quirky historical details about U.S. currency. In Keep the Change, Spiller takes an irreverent look at our most uncommon coins and bills.
Readers learn why greenbacks are green; what happens to worn-out bills (compost is involved); how artists navigate the fine line between art and mutilation; whether it's ever acceptable to burn money (short answer: maybe); and how coin clippers and counterfeiters through the ages have profited by manipulating money. This highly selective tour through currency legends and lore will inspire readers to look with a new sense of wonder at the bills that pass through our hands every day.
|Publisher:||Princeton Architectural Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.37(d)|
About the Author
Author Harley J. Spiller was named by Art & Antiques magazine as one of the nation's "Top 100 Collectors". Spiller's collections are exhibited in museums around the world
Table of Contents
1 Up Like a Bad Penny: The Irresistible Force of Copper 20
2 In Sam I Trust: US Federal Banknote Errors 26
3 Sneak Thieves: A Bit about Clipping 34
4 Fine Line: The Art of Money 38
5 Case No. 6-02848: The Law 50
6 A Hole in Your Pocket: Intentionally Burned Money 58
7 Honest Wear: The Discovery of an Anticounterfeiting Secret 64
8 Hamilton, Franklin, Biv, Juror, and Golden: Colorful Men of Money 72
9 Frogskins and Cartwheels: Nicknames for Money 82
10 Illustrated Taxonomy: and Glossary of Mutilated Money 86
Further Reading 108
About the Author 112
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fascinating overview of the subject by a dedicated collector.