Friday, March 16, 2007

The art of coin collecting (Daily Princetonian, NJ)

On the wall of the reception room in Firestone Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) hangs an unassuming white frame. The structure contains a display of 18 coins dating to the 11th century Byzantine Empire.

No one is sure why the Byzantines chose to use cup-shaped coins for the 300 years the empire occupied Eastern Europe. But scholars of numismatics — the study and collection of coins, paper money and other currencies — are the ones to turn to for possible theories and explanations. . . .

Full story at:
http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/archives/ 2007/03/15/news/17749.shtml

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