Book Voted as Pre-College Read|
History of the United States Mint and Its Coinage by David W. Lange ranked 182nd among the "Books Everyone Should Read Before College," according to a poll of Amazon.com independent booksellers.
It was conducted by bookseller Seth Hopkins of Cup o' Books in Rochester, N.Y.
"This is an outstanding achievement for a numismatic book," said Wayne Homren, editor of E-Sylum, the electronic newsletter of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, a hobby group of literature enthusiasts. "I applaud the booksellers for spotting it and considering it in the voting."
History of the United States Mint and Its Coinage joins works by Edward Gibbon, John Remington Graham, Friedrich von Hayek, Chester Wilmot, John Steele Gordon and other distinguished historians.
The book was published by Whitman Publishing of Atlanta, Ga., in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association. It follows the twists and turns of the U.S. Mint, from its roots in the pre-Colonial and Colonial eras; to independence and confederation; through the intrigues, tribulations and triumphs of the 1800s and into the modern day.
The book "takes the readers on a journey through war, peace, famine, earthquakes, good times and bad," said Dennis Tucker, Whitman publisher. "Along the way we learn about the California Gold Rush, the Civil War and its effect on America's economy, the philosophical battles of silver versus gold and how world events affected our money – from the way it looked to the precious metal it contained."
The Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco mints are all described in detail. So too are the branch mints in New Orleans, Charlotte, Dahlonega, Carson City and West Point. There is even a description of the mint set up by the U.S. government in Manila of the Philippines.
Lange has publicly thanked the poll's voters "for placing my book in the company of such distinguished works.
"It was written as a donation to the American Numismatic Association and does seem to have circulated quite far and wide."
History of the United States Mint and Its Coinage costs $19.95. It can be found online at www.whitmanbooks.com and at bookstores nationwide.
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