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Frank Lee Holt
University Of Houston (Houston, TX 77204-3067)

Public Scholars
Research Programs

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$45,000 (approved)
$45,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 5/31/2019

A Social History of Coins: Money and the Making of Civilization

Research and writing leading to publication of a book on the study of coins (numismatics) that explains their relevance in history and everyday life.

Nearly every branch of the humanities may be illuminated by numismatics - the study of coins and related forms of money. Since the invention of the first coins, called croesids, in the late seventh century BCE, states have used these mobile disks of information technology as an official means of mass communication. Coins carried far and wide a durable record of what was happening, from wars and religious festivals to the latest achievements in art, architecture, and technology. Money is the maker and mirror of civilization. I seek to write a book that explains what coins tell us about ourselves and our society. This work will appeal to those interested in history, art, philosophy, religion, architecture, economics, and the extraordinary structures of everyday life.