Money Comes in Many Forms

from Cowries to Credit Cards


Picture of the cover of the new edition of A History of Money from Ancient Times to the Present Day by Glyn Davies, published by the University of Wales Press, 2002. Various types of money are illustrated on the cover of the book by Glyn Davies, including cowries, manillas, tally sticks, whales' teeth, coins, banknotes and credit cards.

The book is available from various sources in addition to the usual bookshop channels.

 

 

Pictures of money on the cover of the book on world monetary history by Glyn Davies, discussing international developments in coinage, numismatics, banking, finance, credit, debt, taxation and economics over the past 5,000 years. The book cover shows different forms of money from around the globe : cowries, manillas, tally sticks, whale's teeth, credit cards, coins and paper money or banknotes.
New Edition

Davies, Glyn. A History of money from ancient times to the present day, new ed.
Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2002. 
ISBN 0-7083-1773-1 (hardback), 0-7083-1717-0 (paperback).

Original Edition

Davies, Glyn. A History of money from ancient times to the present day. rev. ed. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1996. 716 pages. ISBN 0 7083 1351 5 (paperback).

 

The forms of money shown on the cover of the 3rd editions are:
 
credit card 
tally stick (a simple accounting device that was also used in England as a form of money from medieval times almost up to the Victorian era).
Athenian Owl (Ancient Greek coin)
five million mark German banknote (a symbol of hyperinflation)
another tally stick
cowrie shell (one of the most widely used forms of primitive money)
two pound coin (commemorating three hundred years of the Bank of England)
500 euro note
 
The forms of money shown on the cover of the 1st and 2nd editions  are:

cowrie shell  
manilla (an ornamental type of money that was worn as jewelry in west Africa)
tally sticks  
dollar
whale's tooth (used as money in Fiji)
Athenian Owl 
tribute penny
credit card
two pound coin (commemorating) three hundred years of the Bank of England
five million mark German banknote  

 


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Roy Davies - Last updated 7 June 2006.