Acknowledgments -- Foreword / Q David Bowers -- Prologue -- Chapter 1: Thirteen colonies and their monies -- Chapter 2: Times that try men's souls: the war for independence and its aftermath -- Chapter 3: Hard money and the young republic, 1789-1830 -- Chapter 4: Rag times: the era of the private bank note, 1782-1866 -- Chapter 5: Gold! -- Chapter 6: Civil War and money's change -- Chapter 7: Gilded Age: America's money, 1865-1914 -- Chapter 8: Isolation, depression, and intervention: America, 1914-1945 -- Chapter 9: Cold war and beyond 1946 to the present -- Bibliography -- Index
From the Back Cover: From wampum beads to modern commemoratives: when you learn about the money of the United States of America, you learn the story of how our nation came to be-and catch a glimpse of where it's headed. America's Money, America's Story explores the fascinating evolution of the country's dollars and cents, as told by one of the most respected numismatic scholars in the world. This is a book for the beginning or advanced collector, the full-time coin dealer and the part-time bank cashier. It is a book for everyone who loves the drama, romance, and exciting twists and turns of American history. Dr. Richard Doty traces the path of American money from the pre-European days of beaver pelts to today's world of gold bullion and presidential dollars. Newly updated second edition, now in full color; Over 600 crisp, full-color photographs; A "who's who" of American coins and paper money, as well as mints and moneyers; Chapters on historical events and eras including the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the California Gold Rush, America's Gilded Age, the Roaring Twenties, World War II, and many others. A full bibliography for further research, plus an index with more than 900 entries. Comprehensive, Authoritative. Thorough. Beautifully illustrated. America's money, America's story is as grand as the great nation it portrays.