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Scottish Coins. A History of Small Change in Scotland.

Nicholas Holmes. Published by the National Museum of Scotland.  1987. PB 32 pages. Illustrated throughout with good b&w photographs of coins and tokens. 146 x 210mm. New

This is an excellent guide to the smaller coins of the coinage circulating in Scotland.  It is the intriguing story of how small change was used by the ordinary people of Scotland. Placks, bawbees, hardheads and bodles ... this absorbing history covers not only coin development and production but also gives an account of how such monies were used, abused, spent, discarded and counterfeited by the Scottish population.
It is an invaluable guide to the identification of 'historic' small change.

Until he retired, Nicholas Holmes was curator of the largest collection of Scottish coins - at the National Museums of Scotland - and editor of The British Numismatic Journal.


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