The road to sound digital money

No, I’m not talking about sound money in the sense of having a stable value. I’m talking about money that is sound because it can survive natural disasters, human error,…

C-day and military money

 Did Indian PM Narendra Modi get the idea for the recently-executed demonetization by watching old episodes of M*A*S*H, a 1970s hit TV show set in the Korean War? In the…

Bringing back the Somali shilling

Somalia has long played host to one of the world’s strangest monetary phenomenon, a paper currency without a central bank. I explored the idea of Somalia’s “orphaned currency” more fully…

“America’s only unwanted, unhonoured coin.”  – John Willem on the silver trade dollar. The inspiration for this post comes from the old trade dollar, a U.S. silver coin that was…

Dutch 10 guilder note. Holland and Lebanon are the only countries to have issued banknotes with bar codes. One of the interesting things that we’ve all learnt about Bitcoin is…

COINING IN PARIS c. 1500 (From a French print c. 1755) Not all debasements, or reductions of the precious metals content of coins, are equal. Among scholars of medieval coinage, there…